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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:16 pm    Post subject:
Council Tax and health insurance
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http://www.theweek.co.uk/86540/uks-social-care-crisis-what-we-can-learn-from-japan-and-germany

You might think this is an odd place to put this article, but the council tax payer has already been stung for this service and will be again over the next few years. Of course we all know that this is something that everyone should pay (not just the hard pressed council tax payer) through income tax or a health levy of some sort.

In most countries there is a need for health insurance but we are lucky, we have the NHS. A very large organisation on the shoulders of the population. But it was not designed to cater for the well. If you are ill the NHS will care for you from the Cradle to the Grave. IF YOU ARE ILL. What has happened to this country? Where are the families caring for granny or grandpa? If they cannot or will not take on the of the aged parents, then they must expect someone to pay for their care, but why should it be me or anyone else for that matter?

As for the suggestion of downsizing -where to? The fact that we live in the south, where many of us and those before us have lived for donkeys years does not mean that we are any wealthier. A house is a house wherever you live and is only of value when you sell and don't need to buy another. The same applies to rental. Many of us live in rural areas (Not leafy suburbs as one MP insists) and figures prove that many of the rural inhabitants of the south are among the most impoverished in the country.

You may well say move to a cheaper part of the world. Do you really expect elderly (sometimes very elderly) to up sticks and move away from their family and friends of many years? Do you really expect them to move to an area where they are the strangers? Would you like to see your elderly relative living out their lives amongst strangers?

Some years ago this subject was raised in the company of a Labour MP, his suggestion was that we should move into a flat in Portsmouth where council tax is lower. I asked him if he would do that but on an MPs salary he would not need to.

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