Monthly Briefings

SOUTHEND & DISTRICT PENSIONER’S CAMPAIGN

June 2018

 


Members News

Martin Tweed is home at last. They’ve also had a stair lift put in about which Ann is very happy to operate.

We are holding our Information Stall at the Royals Shopping Centre, on Saturday 21 July between 10.00and 4.00pm. It also coincides with Gay Pride Activity, so the Royals should be busy! If you can help then let Jean know.

GDPR

 

Under the new General Data Protection Regulations that come into force in May 2018, SDPC is required to ask you to confirm that you consent to us holding your personal details. Jean is tidying up the mailing list and has received most of the consent forms back Have you completed yours?

 

In committee

 

We have the opportunity to apply for a grant from the Co-op Bank for a ‘Community Project’. Do you have any ideas?

 

May Talk

 

Was given by Jon Fuller on the subject of runaway global warming. I agree with this description as opposed to the euphemistic ‘climate change’. His talk was backed up by a series of slides. One towards the end needs mentioning up front. Statistically 10% of the worlds nations account for 49% of the generation of carbon dioxide while 50% of the poorest account for but 10%

 

There is no doubt that it is getting warmer and this is due to generation of carbon dioxide by burning fossil fuels and release of trapped methane from arctic latitudes. Both of these help trap the sun’s heat into the atmosphere rather than it being reflected back into space. We all know that a frost is more likely on a clear night than a cloudy one.

 

The Arctic and Antarctic regions are warming fastest because the snow and ice cover has retreated so instead of reflecting the sunshine it is being absorbed. The double whammy is that long trapped methane is escaping from the Arctic and that is several times a more effective greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

 

The effect of a warmer atmosphere is to enable it to take up more moisture. Altho it doesn’t feel like it atmospheric water is just cool steam containing 10 times more energy that liquid water. This energy is manifesting itself as violent tropical storms. One of Jon’s slides is a quote from the Prime Minister of the Dominican Republic pointing out the devastation caused by these hurricanes and a plea for the world to get a grip on global warming.

 

Paradoxically while at the same time as some regions getting wetter others are becoming more dry. His series of global climate maps from the noughties to the mid 21st century are enough to frighten the life out of me. That of course is on behalf of my grandson. This is in line with another of Jon’s slides reporting that it is the under 40’s who are criticising the Tory Party for its lukewarm attitude to global warming.

 

I am reminded of the saying current in WW2, “Cometh the moment, cometh the man”. That may not be politically correct these days but it leads me on to how do we put up a fight?

 

The essence of the struggle is to put stuff into the atmosphere to reflect back the suns energy. One way is to artificially brighten clouds. This mimics nature where volcanoes discharge enuff mass into the atmosphere to cause global shade. A recent example is Mount Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991 in the Philippines caused a drop of ½°C in global temperature for 2 years. Another way is to fly giant balloons to the same end.

 

The extreme forecasts are that the Arctic Ocean will rise by 54°F, food shortage will force us to eat insects and we will all be dead in 9 years time!

 

On the lighter side

 

Fair shares

An elderly man in McDonalds placed an order for one hamburger, French fries, and a drink. He unwrapped the plain hamburger and carefully cut it in half, placing one half in front of his wife.

He then carefully counted out the French fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife. He took a sip of the drink, his wife took a sip and then set the cup down between them. As he began to eat his few bites of hamburger, the people around them were looking over and whispering.

They were thinking; "That poor old couple - all they can afford is one meal for the two of them." As the man began to eat his fries, a young man came to the table and politely offered to buy another meal for the couple. The old man said they were just fine - they were used to sharing everything. People closer to the table noticed the little old lady hadn't eaten a bite. She sat there watching her husband eat and occasionally taking turns sipping the drink. Again, the young man came over and begged them to let him buy another meal. This time the lady said: "No, thank you, we are used to sharing everything."

Finally, as the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with the napkin, the young man again came over to the lady who had yet to eat a single bite and asked "What is it you are waiting for?  She answered: "The teeth."

 

On the darker side

 

This is an article by Cllr Ron Woodley published in The Oracle:

 

The number of care homes in England has fallen by 735 over the last two years, with a further 159 nursing homes lost in the same period.

Large numbers of residents needing care in the community are living with a constant worry about whether their carer will turn up. One in five people who rely on care often went without meals, while nearly half felt trapped in their homes due to the lack of support. In the past financial year 148 care home businesses entered insolvency, an 83% increase on the previous year. It is now clear that by 2020 the Adult Social Care sector will face an annual funding gap of more than £2 billion. I believe that Adult Social Care provision across England is now "broken and unfit for purpose".

It’s a vital part of our economy.

There cannot be any doubt that England's Adult Social Care provision is in a precarious state. The system is underfunded and has a workforce which is struggling with low esteem, low pay and a high turnover of staff. There is an increasing concern for the entire sector which cannot be ignored by Government. Councils have done all they can to prioritise and protect the care system, but the combination of historic funding cuts, rising demand and increasing costs means many Councils are having to make significant savings and reductions in their budgets.

An important duty discharged by local authorities is the responsibility to supply care and support those who find themselves in vulnerable situations in our communities -something that is testing the ingenuity and resourcefulness of local Councils, in the face of rising demands on services. Let's make it absolutely clear, local Councils have a key role to play in leading the debate on how Social Care should be funded and managed in the future. Also, Government needs to stop seeing Social Care as a burden, and instead recognise it as being a vital part of our economy.

 

 

As yet, the position in Southend is not as critical. However, we cannot just rely on increasing council Tax to fund adult care. It needs to be thought thru differently and strategically, that must include a working partnership with the NHS

Dates for your Diary

 

Ongoing to 7 July at the Beecroft: The Vic Ellis Retrospective Exhibition of local paintings.

 

Ongoing: Thursdays. Drop in sessions for technophobes. Covers phones, laptops and computers. Rayleigh Salvation Army, High Road, Rayleigh. 1 to 3pm. Free

 

Ongoing: Jetstream tours to the Red Sands WW2 forts. From the pier. Book www.jetstreamtours.com

 

24 June: Leigh Folk Festival in Old Leigh. All day. Free.

 

30 June: Charity auction at St Peter’s, Church Rd, Benfleet. 6:45pm. Entry 50p. In aid of bone cancer research. Info 01268 565646

 

2 July: RAF 100 years at Hadleigh Conservative Club. Info from Ron on 01268 779697

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