MP urges pro­tec­tion for el­derly care vic­tims

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - By Lucy John­ston

PEN­SION­ERS need more pro­tec­tion to stop them fall­ing vic­tim to “de­spi­ca­ble” cor­rupt car­ers, a for­mer minister has de­manded.

Nor­man Lamb, the Lib Dem MP for North Nor­folk, has writ­ten to Health Sec­re­tary Matt Han­cock and has sub­mit­ted an early day mo­tion in Parliament in the hope that it will be de­bated.

Mr Lamb spoke out fol­low­ing the story in the Sun­day Ex­press last week about broad­caster Liz Ker­shaw, whose mother Eileen had thou­sands of pounds stolen from her by a carer.

Age UK said 130,000 older peo­ple have suf­fered fi­nan­cial abuse at the hands of car­ers since turn­ing 65. Mr Lamb told Mr Han­cock: “Those at the great­est risk of fi­nan­cial abuse are women aged 80 to 89, liv­ing on their own, sin­gle or wi­d­owed.”

He added: “I would be very grate­ful if you could tell me what steps the Gov­ern­ment is tak­ing to ensure that frail older peo­ple are pro­tected from these de­spi­ca­ble crimes, and to guar­an­tee this is treated as a pri­or­ity by the po­lice, courts and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.”

Mr Lamb also urged “sub­stan­tial penal­ties for those who breach the trust of el­derly peo­ple by ex­ploit­ing them for fi­nan­cial gain” and suf­fi­cient re­sources for po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate safe­guard­ing concern al­le­ga­tions.

On Fri­day, carer Gra­ziella Avetti, 61, was spared jail af­ter she was caught steal­ing £130 from a de­men­tia pa­tient in her 90s. She stole the cash from her bed­side cabi­net.

She was caught by a cam­era the fam­ily had hid­den in an alarm clock af­ter £20,000 of jew­ellery went miss­ing days ear­lier.

Avetti, of Long Ea­ton, Der­byshire, ad­mit­ted steal­ing the money. She got a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der, 160 hours un­paid work and told to pay £750 costs and an £85 vic­tim sur­charge at Not­ting­ham Crown Court.

OUT­GO­ING: Grace Mil­lane grad­u­ated ear­lier this year

LET­TER: Nor­man Lamb

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