Post by The Todal
Social care means local councils providing care for the elderly and
disabled - many of us will need that care eventually and many of us have
aged parents who need that care.
But as with the NHS, the Tories have starved the country of resources.
One in ten councils faces running out of money in the next three years
after exhausting its reserves to pay the dramatically rising cost of
social care, the government’s financial watchdog has concluded.
The National Audit Office (NAO) warned that many councils were on the
verge of insolvency having had their central government funding cut by
almost 50 per cent in eight years. It found that authorities’ financial
positions had “worsened markedly” since they were last audited in 2014,
with two thirds of councils with social care responsibilities dipping
into their reserves last year.
I certainly haven't the wit to remedy the whole of the problem but we
have a mentality in this country that doesn't help matters, "I've worked
hard all my life ... blah, blah, blah". Then it goes on, depending
who is whinging the mantra, "I want to leave ALL my wealth to my
children", or "I've paid my taxes all my life", then again, "Why should
the State take all my money? Etc. etc..
Many of my generation, the Bulge, have probably had the best welfare and
quality of life since our birth than any other generation, in the whole
of human history, solely because we were born at the 'right' time.
Many of us see the lifestyle we enjoyed was absolutely down to our
'cleverness' and not because the special time we were born! We are
special so we expect our extravagant living should go on forever.
If the Bulge people will only reason for a moment, the system we paid
into, was to run that system then! It paid a pension that ensured
people didn't starve to death, it paid the hip operation for your Nanna,
it educated YOUR children.
We had our go and by fuck didn't we take everything on offer with
relish! In a sense, it has exploded in our faces because we expected to
carry on taking, taking, taking though many of us will live to see one
hundred years on the planet and by the hell we are NOT giving one penny
of 'our hard earned cash' over the coming twenty five, thirty years.
Statistically, I believe, I could live about thirty years more than my
father along with the other several million Bulge people. Who is to
care for us in this time? Who will pay our fat inflated pensions while
we live alone in our four bedroom houses?
We have been the most cosseted generation since time began and still, we
demand more and more without doing a fucking tap for it, because, "We've
worked hard all our lives".