Manchester, 29 September 2013

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Social Care NOT Nuclear Missiles

Tell the government to pay for social care not nuclear missiles !

We are all likely to need social care in our old age and in a civilised society we expect this to be provided on the basis of need— free-of-charge and paid for by fair and progressive taxation. But governments have been eroding social care services for decades, and now Gordon Brown’s government is threatening us with compulsory private insurance schemes which will force everyone to pay —regardless of income or need.
They rightly say that we need to plug a gap of £6 billion to pay for essential non-medical care for vulnerable older people. They also claim to want our views, but don’t seem to have spotted an obvious solution.
Maintaining the existing Trident nuclear missile system already costs £1.5 billion per year and upgrading Trident will cost £76 billion! So, let’s give them our views. if we stop squandering billions on weapons of mass destruction, we can soon find the money to provide decent social care for our elders.