Numerous birds are coming home to roost from George Osborne’s cuts of a few years ago. e.g
- Spending on the military now considered too low
- Funding for the NHS not sufficient to meet the needs of an increase in the numbers of elderly people, and advances in technology.
- Local government bodies getting into difficulty
(on the last item I note from our local borough council rates leaflet that goverment grants to the council have declined steadily from £130 millions in 2013/14 to approx £20 millions in the current financial year, and will reach zero by 2020/21, whilst demands for social care change in the opposite direction.)
No wonder bus routes are being cut to a stage where older or disabled people need to look to other forms of transport, and is likely to cause increased numbers of cars on the road.
Proposals to hit the elderly include a proposal that pensioners should continue to pay national insurance into old age: