One in four over 45’s do not have a neighbour they can call on for a favour, according to a new study launched today (18 January).
The research by the Co-op shows that almost a quarter (23.3 per cent) of over 45’s claim to have no one living nearby who they can turn to for help. That figure falls to one in six (16.8 per cent) for those under 35.
Up to about 12 years ago when my old neighbours left and new scum ones arrived, I had excellent neighbours who I could ask for help with anything. They weren't just neighbours either, I considered them an extension of my family.
When I was a kid and both my parents were ill, my neighbours cooked my dinners for a few weeks and did things like wash and iron my school uniform. They used to take me on days out and always looked out for my brother and I. In return, I got to do things like look after their cats (I was never allowed to have pets of my own) and play on their piano in their house when they went on holidays. We had keys to each others houses.
I used to go on holidays with my old neighbours sometimes and if they or my family needed anything, we would always help each other out, but that has all changed now.
Today, I am frequently missing post and all the foreigners that the Royal Mail now use to deliver the post in my area can't read basic English or seemingly door numbers either and my post, I suspect, ends up with my scum neighbours and I never get it. Once upon a time if I needed some tea bags or a tin of baked beans, I only needed to ask my old neighbours. Today, my new scum ones don't even return our post to us which has been wrongly delivered to their house.
The Co-Op research from January suggests that more and more people cannot rely on neighbours for support and it's getting worse for younger people.
Can you rely on your neighbours for some help? Would they lend you some sugar if needed? Would you help them out and lend them stuff?
I wouldn't lend my scum neighbours a grain of rice, look out for "my neighbours from hell" thread soon.