Join us on September the 12th at the Quaker Meeting House, Sheffield, at 6pm.

PM Boris Johnson, on the steps of Downing Street: “My job is to protect you, or your parents or grandparents, from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the costs of care and so I am announcing now on the steps of Downing Street that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.” July 24th 2019

 

Social Care: Fixing the broken system – The Marmot Review 10 years on.  Economic growth is not the most important measure of our country’s success. The fair distribution of health, well-being and sustainability are important social goals. The Marmot Report.

We invite our Yorkshire community to join this vital conversation on ensuring that, finally, a Prime Minister’s words become action. For too long successive governments have promised action and failed:

  • Labour admitted yesterday that it had failed to transform the life chances of Britain’s poorest children, despite a succession of initiatives costing billions of pounds. (The Times, February 25, 2005)
  • The Government has cut funding for childcare despite a Conservative manifesto pledge to double the number of free hours parents get, says the NAO (Independent, March 2,  2016)
  • Theresa May pledges to seek long-term solution to social care squeeze … through a properly funded social care system”. Then, in 2017. May’s opinion poll lead ahead of a June 8 election halved in two recent polls since she set out proposals to reduce financial support for elderly voters. Theresa May’s social care package fails “to tackle the biggest problem” facing elderly people, Sir Andrew Dilnot has said.(Independent, May 18, 2017)

 

Format

Dr Simon Duffy, Founder of the Centre for Welfare Reform: The “what and how to” challenge to Boris Johnson based on Simon’s policy proposal for the Reclaim Social Care campaign.

A panel of experts, council members and users, will join him, with full participation from the audience.

We will agree a list of demands to present to the Prime Minister that must be included in his plan. Easy sound-bite pledges and promises of money mean nothing if there is no improvement plan.

The goal of the Great Yorkshire Conversation is to get the right government action and the right funding to put right the system that has been broken by Austerity and sticking plaster policies.

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  1. rotzeichen says:

    The problem everyone faces in this country can be summed up in one word – Neo-Liberalism.

    What most fail to appreciate or don’t even know about is the very real and organised conspiracy against ordinary people, that has been institutionalised since the end of the last war. In truth the economic battle has been re-fought over and over again throughout history and for the same reasons, what we call now the 1% and in the past the establishment.

    The absolute facts are that there has never been an excuse for Austerity, It has been a construct that the 1% used to transfer all wealth and power back to them. This Guardian article by George Monboit spells out who and what is behind this over the last 49 years, ever since Heath took office in 1970 and accelerated by Thatcher in the 80s and 90s and to most peoples surprise followed by the Blair and New Labour governments.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/02/corporate-dark-money-power-atlantic-lobbyists-brexit

    Please follow all the links as they show who is responsible for the worldwide depression they impose on us to this day.

    The NHS is the prime target for American Health business interests and is being currently fashioned by Simon Stevens so that these corporations can sweep in take it over. The current buzzwords used by people like Simon Stevens is “integrated care”, and “single budgets” which sounds on the surface to be very laudable, in fact everything connected with this fits nicely into the way American health provision works and has more to do with the way HMOs operate in the US than it does genuinely provide social care to the masses.

    The first thing we need to understand is to Re-nationalise our NHS and get the private sector completely out of the system.

    The next is to realise that money has been deliberately rationed in the NHS to facilitate its privatisation. When Conservative politicians tell us that we can’t afford our NHS and that no matter how much we spend on it won’t improve it, is a patent lie.

    First and foremost money is not a problem for a country such as ours, our government is in fact the issuer of all the money in circulation in our economy. That actually means they have to issue money into the economy in order for ordinary people to earn in order for them then to pay taxes. That is a simple and basic fact.

    So you must ask yourselves, why are they lying to us, that question is answered in George Monboit’s article.

    The NHS once provided from cradle to grave care, that was the inspiration of the great Nye Bevan only peoples stupidity and ignorance has allowed the conservative party aided and abetted by Neo-Liberal politicians of all colours to solely serve the interests of the 1%.

    Once we all understand that people create all the wealth in the country and the rich just profit from it, that money can be used to provide whatever public services we need for a sustainable life, that there never has been a need for austerity, unless people just like being the slaves of the 1%.

    Quote from Josiah Stamp former director of the Bank of England following the 1929 financial crash:

    “Banking was conceived in iniquity and born in sin… Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them but leave them the power to create money, and, with the flick of a pen, they will create enough money to buy it back again… Take this great power away from them and all the great fortunes like mine will disappear and they ought to disappear, for then this would be a better and happier world to live in… But, if you want to continue to be a slave of the bankers and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let the bankers continue to create money and control credit.”

    Josiah Stamp

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