You may have seen this story in The Telegraph a year ago with the devastating headline that our ‘Winter Death Toll’ – the deaths of older and more vulnerable people was to exceed 40 thousand.
You may have read that, due to austerity measures, local authorities are facing a funding black hole of £10 billion
You may not have heard that the government intends to transfer the responsibility for Attendance Allowance – a benefit that is paid to older people who have a disability – is being transferred to these already beleaguered local authorities.
That this £5 billion pot of money will be poured into the existing black hole of debt that’s building up around the country.
Once it’s transferred, the government can, and no doubt will, wash it’s hands of it all. It’ll blame local authorities for not passing the money on to older people.
Attendance Allowance is money that was initially set up to allow older people to live more fulfilling lives. Now, because many of our older folk find themselves having to spend the vast majority of their time in their own homes, that money goes on luxuries such as heating.
People will die if this proposal gets through parliament.
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“A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members”
Pope John Paul II
Whichever way you look at this, history will judge us poorly for what we’ve done to our vulnerable people over the past 10 years.
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