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Help the elderly
7:20pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Letters
YOUR editorial questioned whether Worcestershire County Council’s £98 million cuts to our public services are “really the right way to haul our country out of recession”.
As your comment stated, these cuts will inevitably affect the most vulnerable and poorest people in our communities the worst.
Home care for older and disabled people will be vastly reduced with some people only getting a 15 minute flying visit and others left with no service at all.
On the same day that you published your leader, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was telling the National Children and Adults Services conference that he considers it to be a source of “national shame”
that as many as 800,000 people in England are “chronically lonely” and that almost half of all people aged 80 or over report feeling lonely “some of the time or often”.
All political parties agree that there is a need to reduce public spending to deal with the consequences of the 2008 financial crisis.
However, can any of your readers explain why it is sensible to make older and disabled people suffer cuts in their home care services whilst the bankers and City traders are given billions of pounds from the Government and the Bank of England in bail-outs, subsidies, quantitative easing, mortgage guarantees and the like?
Surely, they are the ones who should be paying the price for their reckless and fraudulent practices that caused the financial crash in the first place?
MARTIN WILLIS Malvern
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