Jeremy Corbyn’s Social Care — less

This is a post about politicians, pensioners and social care.  It follows on from my blogs on the previous two Sunday’s which are entitled – “Older People are Clutter” and “Social Care Straws in the Wind”.

The local election season is upon us and in an effort to capture the voter’s attention, the Labour Party, under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, is bidding to attract the pensioner’s vote. Their first promise is to maintain the triple-lock protection on state pension increases until 2024.  They have also pledged to keep the Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus passes.   This would be a very welcome move for the poorest pensioners since our state pension is still one of the lowest in Europe.  However, it also gives a universal benefit to all pensioners, which is hardly likely to endear them to the younger population, who will probably have to work until they are 75 before they get a pension at all. It will cost in the order of £4 billion !   But, paying for this is something that Mr Corbyn will not have to worry about, unless he gets elected, which seems highly unlikely at the moment.

The second bold policy move is to increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour by 2020. This tops the Conservative’s promise to raise the minimum wage to £9 an hour to 2020.      About 5.6 million workers will benefit from the rise, but other estimates suggest that 60,000jobs could be lost.    Although this will be welcomed by the lowest paid workers, there seems to be little indication of exactly where the money is coming from to pay for it.  The knock on effect of a pay rise of this magnitude would probably be to accelerate the closure of more residential care homes for older people and further shrink state-funded domiciliary care.    This would probably propel many more people into A&E.

These two “dreamt up in a moment” policies are a cynical ploy to attract votes.   They illustrate completely the careless regard in which old people are held.






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5 Responses to Jeremy Corbyn’s Social Care — less

  1. davidwfreeman237 says:

    I have spent the last two hours, on my knees praying for information, and some enlightened inspiration, into how to counter this dogma of politics that will be issued, by all political parties in this years run up to the local elections, and the forthcoming elections!!
    I was and still am trying to understand the principal facts, of the demographics of the UK, age related, who or whom are retired, those that are working, and those that are children? (may be we all are??).
    I trawled though the office of statics based on the UK Gov,gsi web, and some Westminster Site UK GOV. I was thoroughly disappointed, the menus-hie of detail, and the actual irreverence to the larger UK global picture of data has left me cold? and in utter despair at the attitude of ”Jobs for the boys and girls” both parliamentarians and research/support workers. No general picture or guidance as to the next 10 30 years from the census of 2011?? I am bereft of a logical thought?
    However a saviour appeared upon a white horse :”Wikipedia” and its report on the UK 2011 census, At Last I had sense, and the facts I wished to understand. and I gleaned the following basic facts:
    66% are the working population, 14% are above 65 years of age the rest are children below the age of 18.
    Now what has that to do with John;s blog? I am unsure, and it now follows my personal opinion.
    The total voting population is roughly (66+14)- 80% [ i will leave you to argue the percentage non voting immigrant/migrant population], and that leaves us with 17.5% [14/80], of people of retirement age, which is a fair proportion of the voting public in the UK? who are the ones to whom the political parties are pushing their ideas, ”Jam to day” no jam to morrow because we will be ”DEAD” and would it matter anyway?
    It all makes the grass grow in TEXAS, as an O.A.P., our fate was decided while we were working for a living, and for whom we decided to support or vote for? We cannot cry in our gravy, now that we have reached our golden years. I may wish to be selfish: However do I vote for selective things that matter to me? or if i deep thinking my spouse, who has brought our family into this world, worked as a lowly paid skive, before returning in mature life to the employment scene and then on a prospect of a limited or reduced pension, only to be possibly cursed with a reduced income should die before her? Then I wish the states support [even if means tested].
    NHS Hospitial and medical care, and the realms of social care, housing, and housing befits, how do I view these ideals? One has to struggle when young, raise a family if one wishes, and all the time being responsible, employed and supporting ones local community. Compassion does not just come with older age and experience , but by being taught and educated by our local society in our upbringing, do we deserve the vote and have we the right???
    How say you, am i a sanctimonious old prig?? or is their a grain of truth and humanity in what I am spouting??
    As John says please comment, not in oaths, or swear words but gentle words of encouragement!

  2. Phil Lovett says:

    On the matter of Jeremy Corbin’s recent policy statements on social care, I agree with John’s logic as far as it goes. The triple-lock guarantee, as a universal benefit, is an unnecessarily expensive way of increasing the income of poorer pensioners. And increasing the minimum wage could impact struggling care homes for older people, and could cause closures.
    But there is a simple solution to these and many other problems, which is increased taxation – especially income tax – the burden of which falls more heavily on the better off (and could be made to do so even more).
    Regrettably, promising income tax increases is regarded as electoral suicide – because people nowadays expect and demand improved services without wanting to pay for them. So governments have to use stealth taxes and borrowing, or simply cut provision.
    I don’t think that Mr Corbyn is cynical, in that I believe he genuinely wants to improve the lives of poorer older people (and those of all ages). He could however be accused of cynicism because he is not telling us how he would get the money to pay for it.
    So, Mr Corbyn, this is an ideal opportunity for honesty. Given that Labour has no chance of winning the general election anyway, why not propose a 2p increase in income tax, and a top rate of 60%?

    • john graham says:

      That is a very good suggestion Phil, but I would be surprised if even Jeremy Corbin will dare take the risk of tax rises. We will find out soon enough.
      Thanks for posting.

  3. davidwfreeman237 says:

    Phil has rung a bell? with reasoned argument>
    I must now add my two pennth into the ring from the Daily Mail published today 24 April 2017: Inside cover head line:
    Qoute 2,000 elderly and ill die waiting for care at home-Unquote.
    I am going to be suggestive at the very least, and maybe to some not very helpful or compassionate!
    Here I lack facts, a person discharged from hospital, with a medical condition;are they not given some 10 days support from the local district nurse sevice?
    I not in the article care is not avaialable in some alledged instances for some days/months /weeks?? Why what is the deeper question(s To ask? for instannce

  4. davidwfreeman237 says:

    Due to a finger error, this is a continuation of a comment I put on earlier-David F. Apologies
    1 for instance was care available from a source at a cost ? Other than by the NHS/Social care system;
    2 It it that we are demanding attention, when one maybe able to part or self support the costs incurred:
    3 What is the level of care required by definition, is it medical, and essential to life, or a pleasant lifestyle being accustomed to being cossetted. As the article states some clients have survived for some period of time, with out support, maybe only by a consensus family , again taking the passion out of the problem is it assets and money? For instance whats mine is my own!
    We all need a common duty of care in our modern society, and the heart tugging by the political classes does not help towards a level headed solution: Which May be unpalatable to some, but nearer the truth they/we do not wish to face

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