Digital Inclusion

Last local paper shuts so elderly ring MP for news

Elderly people are so starved of information after their last local paper closed, an MP has said, they are calling his office for news updates.

Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow in Essex, said many older people did not have access to online news and were left “isolated” when papers close down.

“I was amazed to have elderly residents ringing my office to say would I keep them informed of the news,” he said.

The loss of newspapers was a “tragedy” for local communities, he said.

The absence of printed local newspapers had left many older people “disenfranchised” and cut off from finding out what was going on around them, said Mr Halfon.

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