A DECISION to dramatically increase the cost of elderly day care services across Perthshire will leave pensioners vulnerable, isolated and depressed.
That is the view of charities Age Scotland and Contact the Elderly, who were both dismayed to learn Perth and Kinross Council have increased charges from £3.80 to £30 per session.
Speaking to the PA, a spokesman for Age Scotland said: “These increases come on the back of huge rises in gas and electricity prices and in inflation generally.
“With one in five older Scots living in relative income poverty, we would be very concerned that people will simply stop using the service due to cost.
“It’s a false economy, as what will most likely happen is that these older people will lose contact with their peers, feel isolated and depressed and ultimately become a financial burden upon the NHS.”
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