Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Council Urged to Do More to Help Disabled Residents

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Council Urged to Do More to Help Disabled Residents

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com

DISABILITY activists have called for action to be taken after it emerged disabled people in Newcastle could live up to 16 years less than their ablebodied counterparts. Members of Newcastle City Council's policy cabinet will be told disabled men in Newcastle live an average of 16.5 years less, while women live 13.3 years less than ablebodied people.

The figures are part of a paper which aims to future-proof the city against a backdrop of an ageing population.

However, councillors will hear from experts about a number of factors with a negative impact on the ageing population which mean it is not just age making people vulnerable.

Alison Blackburn, chairman of Newcastle Disability Forum, said: "Those with a disability quite often have poorer life chances and their circumstances affect their mobility.

"More could be done, but with a cash-strapped council that can just about breathe, let alone run a marathon, it won't happen.

"If central Government could make funding available then things would be better."

Ms Blackburn added: "I'm not sure on the age of this information but I'm certain it would probably be higher now."

Newcastle City Council has already committed PS4.5m to improve accommodation for the elderly but now health experts have urged the authority to take steps to try ensure the population "ages well". …

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