MP's pledge to visit North Somerset over social issues

PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 October 2011 | UPDATED: 15:39 23 October 2011

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AN MP HAS pledged to visit North Somerset after meeting council leader Nigel Ashton in London.

Paul Burstow, Minister of State for the Deparment of Health, met with Cllr Ashton in his role as leader of the South West England Adult Care Services Board this week (October 19).

Cllr Ashton said that the meeting enabled him to put to the government minister the issues the area is facing.

He said that the South West faces a ‘perfect storm’ in relation to adult social services.

He said: “The South West has the largest proportion of elderly people in England.

“People here also live longer and the South West has the greatest prevalence of people with moderate or serious personal care disabilities.

“Couple this with the fact that the region is the most sparsely populated, and is one of the least accessible regions in England increasing the chances of social isolation, means there are some unique challenges for us.”

He said that the meeting was very positive and that ministers had agreed to look at the issues being raised and agreed to arrange a date to visit the region to discuss them in more depth.

He said: “This was a good outcome and as a group we will continue our dialogue with the minister about how services are delivered under the increasing cost pressures we face.”

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