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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3449145/Death-rate-higher-time-Second-World-War-health-experts-warn.html

 

This is an alarming news story, that should be looked at. If it is correct that since 2011, there has been an increase in the number of elderly dying possibly due to reduced care services, then David Cameron should consider resigning as PM.

 

Recently we have seen David Camerons own Mother and Aunt adding their concerns over cuts in Oxfordshire. As PM Cameron is ultimately responsible for ensuring that there are adequate services for elderly and vulnerable people. He cannot blame local authorities for this problem, when they have had to make cuts to services to make the savings required by central government. I believe even the Conservative local government association members have been warning Cameron of the potential problems caused by cuts.


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It's much worse than this just look around at what is available for the old infirm vulnerable in our society.

 

I was on a bus when at the main bus station an old lady was struggling and moving very slowly to sit down.

 

When the school kids started to have a nasty dig at her. I stood up all 6 foot of me told them nicely to back off. I got abuse too. I spoke to the driver and complained with phone in hand for HO. The result was kids kicked off the bus.

 

Then the driver helping the lady clean up the broken eggs because she had dropped them after being badgered by KIDS.

 

This is unacceptable if I see it I will do something about it as well.. It disgusts me this happens....


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It's much worse than this just look around at what is available for the old infirm vulnerable in our society.

 

I was on a bus when at the main bus station an old lady was struggling and moving very slowly to sit down.

 

When the school kids started to have a nasty dig at her. I stood up all 6 foot of me told them nicely to back off. I got abuse too. I spoke to the driver and complained with phone in hand for HO. The result was kids kicked off the bus.

 

Then the driver helping the lady clean up the broken eggs because she had dropped them after being badgered by KIDS.

 

This is unacceptable if I see it I will do something about it as well.. It disgusts me this happens....

 

Terrible thing and you do hear about this in some areas of the country.

 

I can honestly say from my experience that i find children these days very well behaved and just as respecting to older people as previous generations. I have been on public transport in London and other places when children have been going home from school and seen no issues.

 

What concerns me more is the poor state of social services, which have been outsourced to private companies in many instances and the councils just don't have the resources. With an Aunt in her 90's, she received excellent help from Dorset council about 10 years ago. Even though the home help was a private company, the council did oversee what help she was getting. Then later they arranged respite care and finally sorted out a great care home that helped those with dementia. There was a dedicated person from the councils social services who even visited on a couple of occasions and we had her direct telephone contact number. I suspect that since the cuts started in 2010, councils have stopped providing these services.


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The cuts have indeed bitten very deep. You just have to read the story in Scoop about stroke survivors. It's a travesty IMO. How can we manage if the help is being withdrawn? I've noticed that much has changed since I became disabled in 2010.

 

I normally have to BEG for help for residents on the estate where I live. This thread is in the bear garden 'what made you smile / angry'...

 

It's only going to get worse will it ever get better? I think not...


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So what needs doing to resolve this ?

 

I have just been reading the Wikipdia pages on Council tax and found it quite interesting.

 

The answer every-time is to make the wealthier pay more - so who decides who are the wealthier ?

 

Don't those who earn more already pay higher personal taxes - those who live in certain areas in certain types of homes already pay higher council tax ? Yet they receive the same or less services than those who pay less Council Tax ?

 

Those who have high salaries tend to fund their own pensions - health care schemes and will almost certainly end up paying for their own care as they get older.

 

What do you want to see not paid for by Council Tax so it frees up funds for the NHS - Social Care - Mental Health - ?

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Council_Tax

 

 

Variation over time

 

Under the Labour government of Tony Blair, average Council Tax rates rose dramatically above inflation,[22][23] creating a degree of resentment by residents.

 

The subsequent Coalition government have made an effort to get councils to freeze council tax rates, gradually eroding the above inflation increases via ordinary inflation. This has been achieved by offering councils large grants in return for freezing their council tax rate; for example, in some years these grants were equal to the amount that would have been gained by a 1% council tax rise.

 

In addition, the law has been changed, so that councils cannot increase council tax by an amount higher than a cap specified by the government (currently 2%), without holding a local referendum to approve the change; no council has invoked such a referendum, but many have raised council tax as close to the cap as they can get without passing it(for example, by 1.99%).

 

Although elements of local government policy is a devolved matter, the Barnet Formula leads the Scottish Government to acquire funding somewhat in accordance with central government priorities. Subsequently, by 2013, the Scottish Government froze council tax rates for the fourth time.


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