It’s the end of June, all is well, the sun is shining and pensioners are headlining a Glastonbury pop festival. The Times gives over a full-page 3 to 68-year-old Dolly Parton. Nearly 100,000 people came to watch. This only a year after an equally large crowd turned up to hear the ageing rocking Rolling Stones.
So some pensioners can still attract attention!
Elsewhere in the same newspaper in only a few lines on page 17, a small headline quietly with no fanfare states “elderly care faces funding catastrophe”.
The Local Government Association forecasts that another £5.8 billion is required to meet the shortfall in council funding for social care. Currently 30% of council budgets are spent on the elderly and this is set to rise to 40% by 2020. Meanwhile the Government’s austerity programme has cut social funding by £2.8 billion since 2010.
Whilst younger people listen to a few ageing rockers at Glastonbury, more and more older people are forgotten in hospital beds and residential homes.