All the main parties have now set their stools out for the general election in June. The Conservatives started out to simply reinforce the Prime Ministers position with regard the referendum result and attempt to shut up all the dissidents attempting to reverse the public s wish to leave USE. Of course the Labour party have nothing to loose, so embarked on a left wing agenda that under normal circumstances wouldn’t get the time of day whereas the Lib-Dems are still convinced that no good can come of any of it unless the clock is turned back – but not quite as far as Labour. This meant the conservatives simply had to produce something. The ‘highlight’ of the Conservative document and pounced on by the left was the idea that care for the elderly should be paid for by them by putting a charge on their property (apart from £100,000).
As usual this got us thinking about an elderly relative who may need care in the near future and how it would affect him. The simple answer is that it wouldn’t as he had already flogged is property to an Egyptian band in return for a monthly income. More thinking followed and thought about my in-laws who needed to go into care in the 1990s following a stroke by one and dementia. The hospital made the decision that after 6 months a nursing home would be more appropriate for the stroke victim (once they realised the dementia sufferer couldn’t do the caring), so I simply asked them to find somewhere suitable for the pair who had only just celebrated their Golden wedding anniversary. One was allocated a home in Bushey (Hertfordshire) and the other in Lincolnshire. Following surprise that I thought they might do a little better, I was simply handed a pile of leaflets with the comment of ‘you sort it out’ and spotting all had prices per week asked how they were expected to pay. ‘Sell their home’ came the reply so I simply asked will they tell the council or shall I? (they lived in the council (sorry New Town Commission) since it was built).
This is one area where the Conservatives simply live in a different world. The ‘right to buy’ was only a licence to print money for those who had it and I, like many, believed the money would be used to replace those sold in order to maintain the housing stock. All it actually did was get into the general fund of the Treasury with the result they are complaining that not enough houses are being built. Look no further than Mrs Thatchers policies of transferring wealth from the have nots to the haves. In other words the idea was a good one along the lines of the later PFI packages and everyone agrees that that the financial world made and still making a packet out of these small errors!!
Meanwhile back with the housing difficulty, going back further, just after the war housing was a problem, so temporary prefabricated homes where built were needed. Designed for a maximum of 20 years lifespan, many still in use today. Can you see where I’m going??