Petition against funding cuts is presented to MP

June Stephenson of Orchard House Care Home presents MP Robert Goodwill with a petition about future funding cuts .Also pictured Family visitors and Staff .Picture Richard Ponter 122932

June Stephenson of Orchard House Care Home presents MP Robert Goodwill with a petition about future funding cuts .Also pictured Family visitors and Staff .Picture Richard Ponter 122932

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Scarborough’s MP Robert Goodwill has visited Orchard House in Scalby Road to talk about the impact of social services budget cuts.

His visit was in response to a letter and petition from Orchard House director June Stephenson (pictured left), which outlined the negative effects that cuts were having on visitors and their carers.

She said: “During National Carers week we are finding additional ways to support and recognise the carers whose daily lives revolve around the needs of someone close to them.

“We would like you to remind the government on behalf of the undersigned that social isolation and loneliness impacts upon individuals quality of life and well being and adversely affects their health.

“This in turn can lead to a higher dependence on their use of health and social care services.” Mrs Stephenson said she was pleased that Mr Goodwill came to visit and spent time listening to people’s concerns. She added that he has agreed to come back and talk to people at one of Orchard House’s “Caring and a Cuppa” meetings.