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Poorest And Most Vunerable The Hardest Hit : Especially Those NOT Able To Work !!! Half Of The 8.4 Million Carer Army ? - Page 19 - Carers UK Forum

Poorest And Most Vunerable The Hardest Hit : Especially Those NOT Able To Work !!! Half Of The 8.4 Million Carer Army ?

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Poorest hit hardest by cuts to public health spending – research.

Most deprived parts of England have lost six times as much funding as prosperous areas.


England’s poorest communities have borne the brunt of almost £900m of cuts to public health spending, despite them having higher rates of disease, research has revealed.

Places with high levels of deprivation such as Liverpool, Blackpool and Birmingham have lost much more of their budgets to prevent problems such obesity and smoking than better-off areas.

One pound in every £7 of the £871.6m that has been cut from Whitehall’s public health grant to local councils in England over the last five years has been taken from budgets in the 10 poorest areas of the country.

In contrast the 10 wealthiest places have lost public health funding equivalent to just £1 in every £46.

Overall the most deprived areas have lost £120m while the least deprived have seen their budgets contract by just £20m.

The findings are contained in an analysis by the IPPR thinktank of government spending data, looking at which councils have borne the biggest share of the £871.6m reduction since 2014.

It prompted warnings that the trend would widen the already stark differentials in life expectancy between those in well-off and poor areas. People in the latter are already more likely to develop and die from killer conditions such as cancer, lung disease, obesity, diabetes and liver disease.

“These cuts have had the perverse effect of hitting the poorest the hardest,” said Chris Thomas, the IPPR research fellow who undertook the analysis. “This means the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our country has been put at risk, and puts unnecessary strain on the NHS.”

Councils use the public health grant to encourage smokers to quit, promote healthy lifestyles to tackle obesity, provide sexual health services and treat addiction to drink and drugs.

But they have been forced to reduce the number and range of services they provide in recent years owing to austerity-driven cuts to their funding from Whitehall. That has led to a contraction in stop-smoking services, sexual health provision and the number of people being treated as inpatients for addiction.

Dr Peter English, chair of the British Medical Association’s public health medicine committee, said: “Fundamental flaws in the way the government allocates funds to local authorities for public health ... exacerbates the effects of already damaging cuts and widens health inequalities by hitting the poorest hardest.”

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, said the cuts were “short-sighted” and urged whoever forms the next government to boost public health spending by £1bn.

“Continued cuts in public health and local government funding ... limit access to vital services for the most vulnerable, potentially fuel the rise in preventable diseases, and ultimately compound already unacceptable health inequalities,” she said.

NHS England plans to put more than £1bn by 2023 into efforts to promote the prevention of ill-health in the poorest areas to bring down rates of avoidable death as part of its long-term plan.
Political ? ... given the integrity of the authors ???

https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/

What we do

The Resolution Foundation is an independent think-tank focused on improving living standards for those on low to middle incomes. We work across a wide range of economic and social policy, combining our core purpose with a commitment to analytical rigour.


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General election 2019 : Child poverty 'could rise' under Conservative plans.

Child poverty risks reaching a record high under the Conservative Party's plans for benefits, according to a new report by the Resolution Foundation.


The Conservative election manifesto does not propose changes to existing benefit policy, the think tank said.

It found, as a result, relative child poverty could reach a 60-year high of 34% by 2023-4.

A Tory spokesman said there were 750,000 fewer children in poverty since the party came into government.

The foundation said none of the three main UK party manifestos would reduce child poverty from its current rate of 29.6% by 2023-4.

Under Labour's plans, which include around £9bn of extra social security spending, the foundation forecast there would be some 550,000 fewer children in poverty compared to Conservative plans.

Labour's plans would reduce child poverty to around 30.2% in 2023-4.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50554214

Ms Gardiner added: "Policy choices since 2010 have reduced the generosity of support for working age families by £34bn.

"Against the backdrop of major cuts, the parties' manifestos do offer big choices on social security."

The foundation defined relative child poverty as those living in households with incomes below 60% of the median in a given year.

In 2017-18, that figure was £304 a week, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.
Parts of England " Have higher mortality rates than Turkey. "

Thinktank finds regional divides in UK are among worst in developed countries



A snippet :

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... han-turkey


Regional divides in the UK are among the worst in the developed world, according to a report, which found that parts of England have higher mortality rates than places in Turkey, Romania and Poland.

Research by the thinktank IPPR North found that the UK is more unequal than comparable countries on measures such as health, jobs, disposable income and productivity.

It said mortality rates – the number of people who die relative to the size and age of the population – were worse in Blackpool, Manchester and Hull than in the Turkish cities of Tunceli, Mardin and Muğla, the Romanian region of Vâlcea, and the cities of Krakow and Wrocław in Poland.

Luke Raikes, a senior research fellow at IPPR North, said: “It is no surprise that people across the country feel so disempowered. Both political and economic power are hoarded by a handful of people in London and the south-east and this has damaged all parts of the country, from Newcastle to Newham.”
Disabled people, the elderly and lone parents will suffer financial losses far greater than the general population under reforms introduced in recent years. Women will also suffer an annual loss more than double that of men, and black households will face a loss of income more than double that of white families, the research shows.

Surely this is DISCRIMINATION at not one but THREE LEVELS??
Firstly against the disabled.
Secondly, against women, if they are going to suffer an annual loss more than double that of men?
Thirdly, that "black" (can they really use that term now?) households a loss of income double that of "white" families?

Why are CUK not making a challenge under the Equality Act on behalf of Carers?
It's called " AUSTERITY " , BB.

A pogrom on the less abled in society ... in reality , a social war.

And , has the blessing of the those who vote ... hence the present Government and ... possibly the next.

NONE of the less abled have an organisation likely to challenge the " Status Quo " ... it down to individuals challenging whatever in the Courts ... as recent DWP losses have shown.

The recent gagging of charities ... as if some needed gagging ? ... and the cuts to legal aid ... both covered in separate threads ... are part of that bigger picture.
I remember my son's taxi driver saying it was a waste to spend money on "them" i.e. those children with special needs, the money would be better spent on the normal children. I was too shocked to respond. Her company made a fortune out of special needs transport too.

I wonder if she changed her mind when her grand daughter was born with cerebral palsy?!
This is shocking.

I was discussing discrimination with one of my clients a 18 year old female today who has been recently diagnosed with a spinal cord injury. Her mother thinks that politicans could definitely do more especially David Cameron who reportedly has a disabled family member himself. I agree with her. Six weeks ago she was in a shop when she fell but nobody reacted at first. Her mother called for help twice. No body wanted to help because they were afraid of touching her.
UK household debts see big increase.

Debts excluding mortgages are on the rise in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics.



Debts including credit card debt and personal loans rose 11% to £119bn in the two years to March 2018, according to the ONS study, which is published every two years.

Average household financial debt rose 9% to £9,400.

Much of the increase is a result of higher student loan and hire purchase debt.

"The figures are skewed slightly by the £32bn of student debts - which the vast majority of graduates will never pay back in full," said Sarah Coles, personal finance analyst at stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown.

"However, even excluding that we're carrying £87bn in loans, credit cards, hire purchase agreements, overdrafts and arrears."


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Median financial debt - taking the middle household as the norm, rather than dividing total debt by the number of households - grew 12% to £4,500. This figure excludes households with no debt and suggests these debts are not evenly spread.

The poorest 10% of households have debts three times bigger than the value of assets they own, while the top 10% have total wealth - property, pensions and other assets- worth 35 times larger than their debt.

"Not all these debts are the same: there's a world of difference between taking an affordable, low-cost loan for vital home improvements, and living on your overdraft month after month, because it's proving so difficult to make your salary stretch to the end of the month," said Ms Coles.

"But if you're one of the 44% of people who see their borrowing as a burden, it's worth taking steps to deal with your debts."

Budgeting can tighten up finances, but there are many free advisers who can help find the best way forward.
Gap between rich and poor grows alongside rise in UK's total wealth.

Top 10% of households had 45% of national wealth in 2018, while the poorest 10th had just 2%.


Britain’s total wealth grew by 13% in the two years to 2018 to reach a record £14.6tn, with wealth among the richest 10% of households increasing almost four times faster than those of the poorest 10%.

A study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also found that the poorest 10% of households had debts three times greater than their assets compared with the richest 10% who amassed a wealth pile 35 times larger than their total debts.

The figures highlight the growing divide between those at the top of the wealth ladder, many of whom have retained their pension rights, property values and invested their savings since the 2008 financial crash, while those on low incomes live in rented accommodation with meagre pension entitlements and rising debts.

The Resolution Foundation thinktank said the wealth gap had opened up between 2016 and 2018 after the top 10%’s wealth increased by 11% in contrast to an increase in wealth for the bottom 10th of just 3%.

The different rates of growth documented by the ONS Wealth and Assets survey meant the top 10% finished 2018 with 45% of national wealth, while the poorest 10th held just 2%.

Much of the wealth gap could be accounted for by a rise in the values of homes owned by the better-off that has prevented those lower down the income scale from getting on the property ladder. The foundation said the lack of first-time buyers from lower income groups in recent decades was only partially offset by an expansion of pension saving following the auto-enrolment reforms.

The survey also found that regional wealth gaps have grown, with the fastest pace of growth found in the south-east. Typical household wealth in the south-east is £445,900, more than twice as high as the north-east at £172,900.

The foundation said despite the UK’s record level of wealth, typical wealth in the north-east and east Midlands in 2016-18 was still below its pre-crisis level.

George Bangham, a research analyst at the foundation, said the Gini coefficient, an international measure of wealth inequality, was almost twice as high at 0.63 as income inequality at 0.34.

“Wealth has a huge impact on people’s living standards over the course of their lives, from getting on the housing ladder to drawing down on pension savings later in life,” he said.

“And while wealth has been largely ignored as a political issue in this election campaign, it is playing an increasingly important role in shaping the future of our economy and society.”

Labour has promised to tax the income from wealth at the same level as income from work if it achieves a majority in the general election, pushing up the rate of capital gains tax (CGT) to 40p in the £1. The Conservative party has pledged to maintain CGT at 28%, but said a rise in the national insurance personal threshold will cut a major tax on income.
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A separate report by the ONS on the nation’s growing debt pile showed that total household borrowing reached £1.28tn in 2018, of which 9%, or £119bn, was financial debt and £1.16tn, or 91%, was mortgage debt.

Sarah Coles, a financial analyst at the stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown, said it was disturbing that the number of households with personal, non-mortgage debts had increased from 12.4 million to 12.7 million since 2016 and that the average household’s debts had risen to £9,400, up 11% on 2016.

She said discounting £32bn of student loan debt still left £87bn in loans, credit cards, hire purchase agreements, overdrafts and arrears that needed to be paid off each month.

“It’s an enormous burden of debt and interest to be facing each month, and it keeps rising,” she said.
Nearly 1 million children under 11 face Christmas without warm home or fresh food this year, research suggests.

More than one in 10 young children likely to spend festive season without the basics, charity warns.



Nearly 1 million children under the age of 11 face a Christmas without a warm home or fresh food this year – the equivalent to three pupils in every state primary school classroom, according to new research.

A data analysis by Action for Children shows 983,279 – or more than one in 10 – children aged 10 and under are living in materially-deprived, low-income families and are likely to spend the festive season without the basics such as a heated home, fresh food or a warm winter coat.

The findings, calculated through an in-depth analysis of statistics published in the government's annual Family Resources Survey, have prompted renewed concerns about how a decade of austerity and ongoing problems with universal credit are impacting children across the country.

These concerns are fuelled by separate research from the charity, based on analysis of the government's Living Costs and Food Survey, which shows parents below the breadline are able to spend on average just £2 a day per child on food.

Samantha Novle, 28, from Omagh, Northern Ireland, said she worried that her two sons, aged three years and seven months old, would not get a "special Christmas" like other children because of financial difficulties she and her husband were facing.

Her three-year-old, Matthew, was diagnosed with cancer in May this year, and the family has since had to do a 150-mile round-trip once a week to attend his chemotherapy sessions, at a cost of around £50 each time, which is making a severe dent in their finances.

Ms Novle told The Independent: “It takes its toll on us. It’s not easy. This Christmas, we can only afford to buy them one or two gifts – around £50 between them. And I’m not sure that we’ll be able to heat our home for all of this month.”

The findings come after research by housing charity Shelter found that 4,026 children in England were set to lose their homes before Christmas day, with 135,000 youngsters currently without a home or living in temporary accommodation this Christmas – a 12-year high.

Action for Children’s chief executive, Julie Bentley, said child poverty levels were the worst the charity could remember, with many parents having to put their children to bed early to keep warm because they can’t afford to heat the house, or rely on foodbanks.

“While some families will spend the Christmas holidays putting their children to bed early to keep warm because they can’t afford to heat the house, for others it has become the norm to not have a winter coat, rely on foodbanks, or for their children to miss out on hot meals," she added.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for work and pensions Tim Farron accused the Conservatives of having "let families across the country down".

He added: “Since 2015, the Tories have bungled the roll-out of universal credit, made brutal cuts to benefits and introduced their senseless two-child limit that is fuelling child poverty.​"

The government has been approached for comment.
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