Old folk stay in Nottingham shops to keep warm
ELDERLY people in Notts are resorting to spending hours in shopping centres because they can't afford to heat their own homes in winter.
Some cash-strapped pensioners even take sandwiches and a Thermos flask with them so they can spend more time there.
Campaign groups have expressed concern about the findings, which emerged as part of a survey by the Post and the Nottingham Pensioners' Action Group.
The survey revealed 50 per cent of elderly people in the area could not afford to keep warm at home – with some going to places such as shopping centres to keep warm. Pensioner Desmond Hudson, 82, of Radford, goes into the Victoria Shopping Centre for a few hours a week. He said: "I've worked like hell all my life and I'm still really struggling to pay the bills.
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"Many people are in the same situation. This is really bad.
"I top up £15 to £20 for my heating each week, so coming in here will at least save a little bit of money."
The results are backed up by a separate survey by Nottingham Elders' Forum, in which 37 per cent said they couldn't keep warm on their pension.