Future of caring for elderly people in Norfolk discussed at British Red Cross event in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 15:47 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:47 21 February 2013

The British Red Cross event, where speakers talked about the provision of care for the elderly and vulnerable in the East at Fusion at the Forum, Norwich. Left to right Simon Wright M.P, Mike Adamson and Norman Lamb M.P.Photo: Steve Adams

The British Red Cross event, where speakers talked about the provision of care for the elderly and vulnerable in the East at Fusion at the Forum, Norwich. Left to right Simon Wright M.P, Mike Adamson and Norman Lamb M.P.Photo: Steve Adams

The future of caring for the elderly and vulnerable was discussed at a British Red Cross event in Norwich last night, with North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb among those who delivered a speech.

The event, held at the Forum, was focused on “empowering independent living in East Anglia” and saw several passionate speeches from people involved in the care profession.

Mr Lamb, the coalition government’s minister of state for care and support, praised the work of the British Red Cross in battling social isolation and loneliness as information about the charity’s Older People Outreach Service was highlighted.

He said: “We should celebrate age and everything it potentially offers us and realise that if we unleash this force of community, we can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

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  • Maybe if instead of taxing us to pay for foreign aid and benefits and health care for everyone who cares to turn up on our doorstep there was more money left in our pockets for when we grow old, we would not need all these busy bodies talking about age as if it was a problem. And if the Lib Dems were not talking about taxing what we care to buy with our after tax income we would not be worried that they would soon be coming after those of us with less than a £2 million mansion. I hate this elderly people crisis nonsense being bleated about by those who are making money out of it, care homes, charities and politicians. People lived to be just as old years ago-the only reason there are more old people is that the general population is not dying at 15 from measles, 25 from appendicitis. 35 from childbirth and 45 from cancer and any age from infections. Some of my ancestors were still working on the land at 75-men and women. Being old does not mean being gaga either. The elephant in the room of course is that Norfolk is being inundated by older people who are part of the white British flight from London.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • That's priceless. 2 MPs at the heart of the problem, the one on the right especially, getting themselves in the paper again under the pretence that they are doing something to address a crisis which in reality they and their coalition partners have created. BTW DR, we are not wasting money on foreign aid per se, not to foreigners anyway. Although DfID spending has rocketed, you will be pleased to know it is benefiting the 'right' sort of people. The majority of the cash has gone into paying hundreds of millions of pounds to a group of primarily UK-based consultants, some of whom earn six or seven-figure incomes and used to work in government. These "poverty barons" work for consultancies such as Adam Smith International (ASI), which grew out of the Adam Smith Institute, a rightwing think-tank. ASI reportedly received £37m from the DfID last year, nearly 70% of its turnover. Several of the best-paid consultants are former DfID officials who appear to have gained substantial increases in their personal wealth since leaving the department, even though they are still doing essentially the same work. What are they doing? Helping government to formulate policy on foreign aid!

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Utterly wrong Copper! The AS were a fantastic help during the 13 unmentionable years, when they had to be paid out of party donations. Once in power it is only right to reward those who helped get one there, by giving them a slice of the public-purse-shaped cake comensurate with their value to the party. As for their policy contributions, take the example of the multi-billion pound bombing campaign in Libya for starters. Under the heading "enforcement of the no-fly zone" this can now be re-classified as foreign aid expenditure, specifically peace-keeping, which is much nicer don't you think?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • Libdems making another promise they can't keep?

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

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