Tag: poverty

Recently a local councillor told a meeting that more than half of the residents in Ludlow are aged 65 or over. A short while later, a resident said that two-thirds of people here are over 65. Neither of these statements is anywhere near the truth. The true statistic from the 2011 census is that 27% of residents were 65 or over. That’s not much above a quarter of residents. Now a question. Which area in Shropshire has the oldest population? It proves to be my division of Ludlow North by a long way. In the graph below, the higher the bar, the higher the proportion of people 65 years of age or older. That’s us on the right, the most elderly electoral division in Shropshire. (Click the graph to get a bigger image, which is from LGA Inform). More than a third of people in the Ludlow North area are…

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If it’s not the state – and national government and many local councils seem increasingly disinterested – if it’s not charities – and many are stretched beyond the limits of their resources – then who will take up the cause for those that are poor, jobless, old or infirm? In Ludlow at least, that crusade is set to be taken up the churches. Yesterday evening, as the first hard frost of the winter chilled the town’s historic streets, more than 200 people crowded into the Methodist Church. They were gathering to discuss a distressing report on the crisis facing many of Ludlow’s poorer and vulnerable residents. “Ludlow under Pressure: a report on urgent social needs” has been compiled over several months by Churches Together Around Ludlow (CTAL). It is a wakeup call for anyone so entranced by the town’s historic and natural beauty that they fail to see the poverty…

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