Hung, drawn and quarter of a million disadvantaged

At Care Images, we want to engage with people representing all sections of our communities. Aside from the wide and varied list of photographers and models who work on our library, we are also working with aspiring writers for our blog.

And it is with great pleasure that we welcome Maiya Keidan, a young journalism graduate from Canada currently residing in London whose first posting gives a good insight into the effects of the government cuts in the UK.

disabled man and carer at home
The unkindest cuts: Why care might not be in the community
When the latest UK government was installed, we were warned: expect widespread cuts across all sectors. The reason? A £160bn debt needed to be substantially reduced. Well, the government has certainly stayed true to that promise. We’ve seen budgets for housing and child benefit downsized as well as massive hacks to funding of academic disciples like scientific research.

Fears of how cutbacks will affect various sectors are rampant throughout the country and the latest worries have been emphasized by projections compiled by Age UK. The organization examined the ramifications of a proposed four-year initiative to cut care services by 7% and found that 250,000 people would be left without essential support.

Though I wouldn’t dream of criticizing this slash-and-burn style, I do feel comfortable railing against this recent trend to blast the underprivileged. And with Age UK to attest to the hit to seniors, there’s no denying that this is exactly where policy is moving—targeting the disadvantaged.

I’m not the only one who’s worried for the health and safety of this segment of the population. The Local Government Association (LGA) has written to local MPs that councils across the country will be instructed to axe critical resources for patients in care. Senior citizens—those who rely on these services to wake up in the morning, get washed, fed and dressed—face the threat of losing these fundamental home services, they reminded the local government representatives.

Many of these elderly people suffer from Dementia, Parkinson’s or Diabetes and rely on their care workers to maintain their physical and emotional health.

Andrew Harrop, director of policy and public affairs for Age UK, said that in addition to alleviating loneliness, “It is a health and safety service helping them to get up in the morning, making sure they are OK in the evening”.

Is our governing body so heartless that it plans to extract these services from the homes of such needy people? It appears so.

We could be witnessing the beginning of the end of these services, warned the LGA. My question is why must this group of individuals take such a hard hit? They are our Grandmothers and Grandfathers. They were productive members of society all through their lives. Now, they are to be abandoned—cast out like rubbish.

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