Economically inactive drain on resources

Getting on a bit isn’t a lot of fun, bits stop working properly, things seem to move on their own accord to places that you can’t find, you move a lot slower but time seems to speed up, you buy more food but eat less, spectacles lose their focus, your bladder is half the size it used to be, someone keeps adding extra stairs to the bedrooms and the face in the mirror doesn’t look like you at all.

But, does the Piss Poor Policies Millionaires Club Coalition give a Tortoises’ Testes

No; at one time not so long ago age was a sign of wisdom and maturity deserving of respect, now it appears that those of us who are tottering towards the last of the summer wine are just a burden, we are economically void, and all “they” can see is an ever increasing drain on the economy.

The latest attack on the temporally challenged is that the ‘government’ funding for nursing homes and support for frail pensioners has been cut by almost a fifth.

More than £1.3 billion has been removed from councils’ annual spending on help for the over-65s since the Coalition came to power, House of Commons analysis found.

Most councils are increasing the fees they charge families for home help and meals on wheels as they attempt to plug the funding gap left by Treasury cuts.

Last year, son of a B…aronet (and alien reptile in disguise) George Osborne, who apparently is the Chancellor, promised an extra £2 billion for councils to spend on care homes, meals on wheels and help for the elderly and disabled with daily tasks such as washing and dressing.

The analysis of government figures conducted by independent researchers in the Commons Library suggested that this extra money, which was not “ring-fenced”, had not made it to the front line.


Probably because “we” have sent it to India in “aid”, makes you think…doesn’t it?


6 comments for “Economically inactive drain on resources

  1. October 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I agree with you, but in my bitter experience, council help is neither timely nor well-organised. The two best people I had to help with my father were paid agency staff.

  2. October 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Post code lottery I think, my late mother in law got excellent service toward sthe end….

    • October 31, 2011 at 5:36 am

      Definitely a postcode lottery.

  3. nemesis
    October 30, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    The Meals on Wheels service used to be run by the WRVS and in my opinion was much cheaper and better organised than when the State decided it would do a better job of it.

  4. October 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Bottom line, of course, is “economically inactive drain on resources”. This includes children, by this definition, to which the reply is – they’re potentially economically active. True but if every generation decided to euthanize its retirees, it addresses the economic side of it but robs the society of its passing down of culture and mores, which is what They want anyway, e.g. the feminist/socialist rewriting of history and hide the elderly away.

  5. Maaarrghk!
    October 31, 2011 at 6:14 am

    So, just the same attitude as the last government then.

    “Fuck ’em. Most of them won’t be around or able to vote at the next election, so we don’t need them.”

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