Middlesbrough / Teeside : An Interesting Challenge ?

Discuss news stories and political issues that affect carers.
One from today's Guardian ... not directly carer related ... but interlocks with other threads / issues ... most notably the recent thread on Stoke-on-Trent :

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017 ... r-election

I have contacts in several towns in the area , mainly Guisborough and Redcar.

Another case of the main industries being lost ... steel and chemicals this time ... and nothing done to replace the jobs , and more importantly , the monies now not being spent ... in economic terms , the reverse effects of the multiplier.

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One contact in Redcar confirmed my suspicions as to what would happen once the furnaces were turned off.

Suits and do gooders by the hundred , in posh cars , some with cameras ... meetings / sympathy / reassurances ... then back off to their civilisation ... had to smile , classic response ever since the mid 1970s !

Needless to say , things across the whole spectrum are grim.

Food banks ? One solution to an immediate problem as people of working age are now unemployed , or finding work at a fraction of the rate of pay previously enjoyed.

Two carer centres , one merely a small coffee table meeting type outfit in a local church , are under immediate threat as they , in themselves , can offer nothing to solve the real problems ... lack of finance / diminishing support services / inadequate housing to name just three.

Bottom line ?

Many more areas will become social battlegrounds before long if not already.

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Our fellow carers and their carees are caught up in the wider issues with no prospect of being able to " Get on one's bike " and find somewhere better.

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Latest State of Caring survey doing the rounds ... the above is just one area in which our fellow carers and carees survive / live in.

Population ? Around 375,000 ... 1 in 10 ... 37,500 ... call it 35,000 ... carers ... how many will complete the survey .... 30 / 40 ... at best ?

Will said Survey even touch the surface of life in CarerLand / Careeland for so many ?

Even more importantly , WHO speaks for them .......... ??????????
What a difference a few years make ?

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