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Hunt: 'Chronically lonely' ignored

A "forgotten million" elderly people are "chronically lonely" as the result of being ignored by society, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

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Elderly people 'can be independent with proper help'

Retired people need some community facilities in order to keep their independence, a campaigner for the rights of the elderly has told Daybreak.

Kate Jopling, director for the Campaign to End Loneliness said Government cuts were trapping capable elderly people in their homes.

She admitted she was already disillusioned with health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who will be giving a speech on the UK's neglected elderly later today.

"I am fed with all of them. They're talking about cutting pensioner's Universal Benefit, and they are saying that because we are taking stuff away from younger people. My God we've all got grandchildren! They've all got debts!"

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