Eldercare

In 2017, we heard a lot about the challenges of an ageing population, with heated debates during the General Election campaign
The co-location of care for young and old makes sense in so many ways. As nurseries and care homes struggle to avoid closure, there are rays of hope on the horizon. Here is a model of care that works for all generations.
Childcare in the UK is a shambles. Today's call from the charity Working Families and the Childcare Voucher Association to keep open childcare vouchers - even as the new tax-free childcare scheme comes into effect - doesn't help. Unusually though there is a simple fix that a brave government not obsessed with Brexit, could grab with both hands...
Ultimately who can unite both the Tory party and Britain? It's a huge challenge, but now the men are out of it, the games can stop and the serious players can show that they really care - about ordinary families, their struggles with caring responsibilities and giving everyone, whatever their age, the best care and support.
I hesitate to add to the outpourings since the Brexit vote. The consequences of political and economic turmoil are already clear to see.
According to statistics from Carers UK, there are currently around 6.5 million people the UK who are carers and this figure is destined to rise with the prediction that there will be an enormous 9 million people caring for others by 2037.
Care is in crisis. Growing numbers of older people need care, but fewer older people are actually getting help. That means more and more older people are paying for care themselves, or rely on family/friends, or struggle without help.
Friday 1 April is a notable day for many low paid workers, as the national minimum wage becomes the national living wage. It will rise from £6.70 an hour to £7.20 an hour for workers aged 25 and over.
Homecare services are getting increasingly poor reviews from families and users of these vital services.
The House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee has just launched an inquiry into intergenerational fairness. It