Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Charity and the 'Home' Debate

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Charity and the 'Home' Debate

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EVEN as David Cameron and his Government are boasting that the UK spends millions of pounds in taxpayers' money every year on "overseas families in need" and has also pledged to fund the settlement of a further 20,000 refugees - will they please spare a thought for thousands of UK pensioners in desperate need of round-the-clock medical care and attention? Many people throughout the North-east alone approaching pensionable age this winter have no idea how they are going to survive, while thousands who are already retired are now finding meeting their commitments much harder than they ever imagined. A couple's lifetime's savings are often used up in less than two years.

Each year more than 80,000 pensioners are running out of funds and have to contact their local council to see if they are eligible for any kind of financial support. Many already in care face a move into cheaper accommodation or have to sell their own home to pay for private residential care. There are no easy answers to this colossal problem of care for our elderly which affects almost every family in Britain.

There is also growing evidence that many future pensioners will not be able to afford the PS35,000 which the 2012 Dilnot Report to the Government recommended as a safety-cap on an individual's contribution to long-term residential care. The fact that many of us are living longer and staying healthy for longer than previous generations is truly something to celebrate.

However, may I respectfully remind our well-intentioned politicians that charity and humanity must always begin at home.

KEN WALKER, Acklam, Middlesbrough WITHOUT saying he is against migrants coming to the UK, Cllr Steve Kay (Feedback, 15.09.15) appears to show little sympathy for our fellow human beings who are desperate for sanctuary. David Cameron was heavily criticised for using the word "swarm". …

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