I would like an answer to a simple question why do so many older people follow like sheep an uncaring Government inertia?
Todate the Government has almost ignored the fact that over 4.3 million homes in England do not meet basic standards of decency, it is also deeply worrying because of the presence of a many serious hazards to their occupants’ health or safety.?
Around half of these homes are headed by someone aged 55 and over. That in the UK according to a report from Ageing Better, households headed by someone over 75 are disproportionately likely to be living in a poor-quality home, and the problem has worsened in recent years for this age group.
The largest number of these homes is among owner-occupiers, with so many facing financial or practical barriers to maintaining their home. Meanwhile 20% of all homes in the private rented sector are of extremely poor-quality, yet landlords demand high rents, greed seems to come before residents health needs.
The report states NHS spends an estimated £513 million on first-year treatment costs alone for over 55s living in the poorest housing, that is an incredible burden on NHS funding, as well as the Nations health, why is Gov inertia prevailing?
One of the major causes of death and injury amongst older people are falls in the home, while cold, damp wet homes exacerbate a range of health problems including arthritis, COPD, and asthma, and increase the risk of an acute episode like a stroke or heart attack. Incredibly, we witnessed that during the harsh winter of 2017/18, with in-excess of 49,000 winter deaths, 1,000’s blamed on these substandard houses.
Yet, the Gov are still ignoring the need for action to prevent a recurrence, that for me is crazy political incompetence and stupidity on the electorate parts for also ignoring such political inertia, how can any Government and electorate ignore such an incredible high number of winter deaths,
During this time of national crisis, the importance of safe, warm and accessible housing has been brought into sharp relief. Poor-quality housing has been shown to cause or exacerbate a number of physical and mental health conditions, lead to financial insecurity and restrict people’s ability to participate in everyday activities inside and outside the home.
It is of vital importance that everyone is able to live in a home that enables them to achieve a good later life. We could almost overnight kick start our economy if we had a Government that would put the Nations needs before political dogma, and older people stopped supporting them like sheep, particularly when such political inertia is allowed to take a priority over expediting action to improve the quality of life for so many of our peer group who are living in such miserable unhealthy housing conditions. Conditions we know that could as mentioned earlier, exacerbate a range of health problems including arthritis, COPD, and asthma, and increase the risk of an acute episode like a stroke or heart attack. As a nation we cannot allow the 49,000+ Winter deaths to be Ignored.
Government inertia is unacceptable in my view.
is not acceptable.
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