STICK IT TO THE ELDERLY!

falling over

Tendring District Council in Essex hopes to extend its Careline service that offers assistance to 3000 pensioners living independently at home, and who already pay £21:60 per month. Careline service users may well have to pay an additional £25:92 per annum in the event they fall over and need help getting back to their feet! Now some might say, this one-off ‘pick-me-up’ charge is reasonable. Of course it could be argued, a) the elderly paid health service taxes all their working lives, and b) it is a hell of a lot cheaper for the district council to service the elderly in their own homes than to re-house them in residential care homes at a cost of £1,000 per week per person!

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