A recent poll shows that LGB people are disadvantaged compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Half as likey to be visited regularly by their relatives and twice as likely to be dependent on care. This follows a number of surveys and documentaries exposing shocking abuse and negligence in our care services for older people in the UK.
The survey, commissioned by Stonewall and carried out by YouGov, involved interviews with 2,000 older LGBT people. It found that gay and bisexual men are three times more likely to be single than their straight counterparts. Less than half lesbian and bisexual women have young relatives to care for them potentially. This figure drops to less than a quarter for gay and bisexual men.
Stonewall chair Ben Summerskill described the findings as ‘a time bomb’.
To read the survey go here