Over 40,000 British pensioners die from hunger, cold


This video from Britain says about itself:

BBC Panorama (Documentary) – Too Poor to Stay Warm

11 April 2016

Sixteen years ago, the government promised to protect people from the cold. It vowed to end fuel poverty by 2016, but the deadline has passed and millions of people still can’t afford to keep their homes warm. Reporter Datshiane Navanayagam joins some of those struggling this winter and asks why thousands still die each year simply because their homes are too cold.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Britain’s Shame

Monday 7th November 2016

Over 40,000 Pensioners Die Every Year Because They Can’t Afford to Heat or Eat. But Our Government Continues to Turn a Blind Eye.

MORE than 40,000 British pensioners die every winter because they cannot afford to heat their homes or eat well due to Tory austerity.

Official figures revealed yesterday that there were an estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths among pensioners in England and Wales in 2014/15, the most recent data available.

This winter is expected to be no different — if not worse.

Most cold-related deaths last winter were of people aged 75 and over, accounting for an estimated 36,300 excess winter death.

The management body of the National Health Service NHS England is urging elderly people “to set their thermostat to no lower than 18°C, wrap up warm, and consume hot meals and drinks to keep their energy up” — without telling them how to find the money to do so.

Many countries which suffer far more severe winters than Britain — such as Sweden and Norway — have social support systems which protect elderly people from the danger of cold-related death.

Yet in Britain the number of cold-related deaths last year was the highest since 1999-2000, with 27 per cent more people dying in the winter months compared with the rest of the year.

The response of the cash-strapped NHS yesterday was to tell elderly people to “keep warm.”

Last week, MPs warned that accident and emergency departments could face their toughest winter yet.

The Commons health committee said this winter could be “substantially more difficult” than last, with increasing demand for services, health service trusts suffering due to staff shortages and a widespread inability to move out patients who are medically fit to be discharged.

It said that while in the past NHS trusts would experience their most intense problems in the winter and would enjoy a respite in the summer, now “pressures are high year round and just reach a more intense peak during the winter.”

But National Pensioners Convention secretary Dot Gibson said privatised, profiteering energy companies should share the blame.

She told the Morning Star: “Last winter, over 43,900 older people died from cold-related illnesses. Energy bills continue to rise and prolonged cold spells mean that older people — and other families with low incomes — are struggling to heat their homes.

“The previous government may have tried to hide the problem by massaging the figures, but the truth is more and more people in Britain are finding that a warm home is becoming a luxury they simply cannot afford.

“The government needs to urgently set out how it intends to tackle the excessive profits of the big six energy companies, how it can improve the energy efficiency of Britain’s housing stock and how it can help people to pay their bills.”

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  12. Wednesday, 9 May 2018

    Bosses planning to incite youth against pensioners

    A £10,000 PAYMENT should be given to the young, while pensioners are taxed more, a new report by the Resolution Foundation into inter-generational fairness in the UK suggests. Under the banner of ‘be fair to the youth’ the Foundation is simply raising from the dead, and further developing, the policy through which PM May lost her majority in the 2017 general election.

    This was that the elderly should exchange their homes for the ‘expensive’ health care that they require till the end of their days. It provoked fury from both pensioners who would lose their homes and from young people who would lose their inheritance.

    The attempt to divide the youth from the elderly exploded in the face of the May government, but now it seems that the ruling class are coming back for more, with a modified policy to try to enroll the youth in their project by stoking up a war between the generations.

    Resolution Foundation chairman Lord Willetts says that without draconian measures there can be no social cohesion, the NHS will become too expensive to be funded. Willetts is busy inciting the youth against their parents saying that the ‘contract’ between young and old has ‘broken down’, and predicting that without stepping up the taxation of the elderly, young people would become increasingly angry.

    The crude sweetener for the youth to turn on their parents is Willetts’ plan that all young adults at the age of 25 would be given £10,000 to be funded by a new ‘lifetime receipts tax’, that would replace inheritance tax, and result in relieving their parents of their savings and then, no doubt, their homes. In a further penalty for the elderly, Willetts wants to make the earnings of those above state pension age subject to national insurance contributions!

    In fact, the Foundation’s Inter-generational Commission report calls for an NHS ‘levy’ of £2.3bn to be paid for by increased national insurance contributions by those over the age of 65. The cross-party commission includes input from the heads of the CBI business lobby group and, to their eternal shame, the turncoats of the Trades Union Congress.

    The report states that the youth who receive the £10,000 at the age of 25 can use it to help pay for a deposit on a home, at the same time, no doubt, that their parents are losing their homes paying a lifetime in receipts tax, and extra national insurance contributions.

    Lord Willetts concluded: ‘We’ve got a very serious problem of ensuring there’s a fair deal across the generations. ‘Older people are worried about a properly funded healthcare system, people in middle age still haven’t been able to buy their own home, and for younger people their pay is no better than it was 10 or 15 years ago.’

    Lord Willetts said that a lot of the problems had been created by political inertia by a series of governments. ‘We still feel the obligations that generations have to each other, and families are incredibly important in discharging those obligations. But when you look at public policy sadly, when it comes to a properly funded healthcare system, houses available so that people can achieve their goal of owner-occupation and a fair deal in pay for younger people – in all those ways, that contract between the generations has not been maintained.’

    This is a disgraceful attack on older workers. It is the crisis of the capitalist system, where a handful of the super-rich own the planet’s wealth, while the people of the world are becoming poorer and poorer, and the system lurches towards another even bigger financial crash, that is the source of the mass poverty that stalks the major capitalist states.

    The way out of this crisis is not through some war of the generations, in which the TUC is playing its part, but in stepping up the class war through mobilising the working class, uniting both younger and older workers, to carry out a socialist revolution. This will expropriate the bosses and bankers and bring in a socialist planned economy, whose maxim will be: ‘From each according to their ability to each according to their need.’

    https://wrp.org.uk/news/14305

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