Areas where pensioners most likely to be lonely identified

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The loneliest pensioners in London are likely to be living in a neighbourhood of Newham along the A1020 Royal Docks Road, between City Airport and the River Roding, where it runs into the Thames.

This finding emerges from data modelling by the charity Age UK in its effort to identify areas where there is a high likelihood of loneliness for over 65s, based upon a number of social and personal factors.

The area is known as MSOA Newham 033. An MSOA is an area with a population between 5,000 and 15,000 used for statistical analysis by the Government. Newham 033 is home to the Galleons Reach Shopping Park but also boasts the Beckton Sewage Treatment works among its charms.

It has 7,680 residents, according to the most recent population estimates, and around 5% of them are over 65. This includes 104 between 65-69, 160 in their 70s, 77 in their 80s and 21 who are over 90.

The charity used data from the census and a survey of the elderly to look at factors such as whether a person was widowed, living alone, or in poor health; all things that may result in them being more isolated. It used these factors to build an index.

When the index is applied a little more widely, at a borough level, Newham still scores poorly but Tower Hamlets and Hackney both come out worst. In the map below the areas with the darker colours and higher numbers indicate the higher probability of  loneliness, according to Age UK estimates.

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Boroughs in the East of the capital have the poorest scores while areas in south London are less likely to have lonely pensioners, according to the index.

5 London boroughs, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Islington, are among the 10 local authorities in England and Wales with the highest prevalence of loneliness, according to the Age UK calculation.

The charity says that more than a million older people across the country say that they go for a month without speaking to family, friends or neighbours. They are calling for Government help and for communities, families and individuals to do more to tackle the issue.

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