IMAGINE that tomorrow morning you woke to find your arms and legs were hardly working at all.
You cannot get out of bed, neither can you visit the toilet, dress, shower or clean your teeth.
This is what it is like for several of our members every morning. They need help with these tasks and, currently, that help arrives in the form of two home carers.
However, if Kirklees proposals go ahead, this help may no longer be available.
There are four levels of care – critical, substantial, moderate and low. As part of financial cuts, Kirklees proposes to retain only critical care, the first definition of which is ‘life is, or will be threatened.’
Not one of our members has a life-threatening condition per se, yet without good hygiene from carers, life may be threatened due to weakened immune systems.
‘The measure of any society is in how it treats its old and infirm’.
If that is true, then Kirklees is not measuring up.
I desperately urge councillors to examine their consciences and think again. Consider if one of these people was your relative. Would you abandon them in this way?
The ultimate result will be that these people will need to be in a care home instead of their own and many care homes have long waiting lists.
Calderdale has retained every level of care except ‘low’. Why can’t we follow suit?
So, my representatives, I will forgive you St George’s Square, I will forgive my road remaining ungritted, but if you take away this care from my members I will never forgive you as long as I live.
Holme Valley MS/Neuro Support Group
Wrong kind of cuts
WILL someone – a councillor, perhaps – explain in simple terms the reasoning behind the cuts being made in our town to save money in this time of austerity?
So far most of the cuts I read about in the Examiner are affecting the most vulnerable.
Special units in schools such as Lowerhouses Junior and Infants, providing specialist education for disabled children, are now in danger of being closed.
Don’t forget the closure of St Luke’s last month with its many facilities for the elderly and infirm.
These are only some examples. There are many others.
The list could go on affecting the young, the old and infirm and the most vulnerable in our society.
The only thing our councillors and MPs have in common is that they all appear to agree that when cuts are needed, start at the bottom and work up.
Mrs N Clarke
Buggies on buses
TO the Golcar mother who complained about buggies not having enough space on buses (Examiner, January 28), I have to say that it’s a bus, not Pickfords.
When my wife was raising our children she could happily cope with the buggy under one arm and the child under the other.
Today’s buggies are the junior version of the Chelsea Tractor. Wait for ages for the next bus? They’re every 10 minutes!
Respect for carers
I URGE Kirklees councillors and their officers not to make cuts in services to people who are in receipt of care in all its many forms.
I get direct payments which allow me care in the home and support to live a more normal life. Over the past six months I have been asked to halve the care hours as they said there could possibly be cuts to the service.
It has been very stressful. It is also very worrying wondering whether this help will be lost altogether as I do not know how I would manage.
I also know how very stressful it is for people who care for people in need as I looked after my parents for 15 years.
During this time I and my parents had little to no help or support. I ended up having a breakdown and a massive deterioration of my own health as a result of all the hardship those many years caused.
Since that time there have been things like day centres, respite care and breaks which have eased the huge burdens for both the people needing care and the carers themselves – and support groups to help the dedicated carer.
What a miserable day it would be to see all that end.
These dedicated people/carers must have saved the NHS and other services and councils many millions of pounds over the years, all done in an act of love, kindness and duty.
Even now, there is little or no financial reward if you are caring for a mother, father, brother, sister, your husband/wife/partner or your friend.
The council has looked at critical care and says that nothing will change. But why is it looking at ‘substantial’ needs? If someone’s help is substantial, how could they possibly stop that? Who would help these people?
The council has a duty to protect their welfare and so does the Government.
I realise the Government is making councils reduce their outgoings, but I feel strongly this is one area that must not be touched.
I cannot see how it would save money and be cost-effective by cutting this service.
It would make these needs worse and then other services, if there are any left, would have to pick up the pieces.
The roads may be left to crumble away which is very miserable, but we are talking about human beings, and how we look after each other as a human race. It feels like we are dehumanising society.
I feel that if money should be saved and expense drastically cut then I believe the wages of the highest earners should be capped at a far more acceptable level.
This could, in turn, pay for the services for the weak/ill and vulnerable members of our society.
Isn’t our human journey about what we do for our fellow man?
It’s all about oil
WHAT’S the best way of getting an oil tanker to the Middle East? Easily, the Suez Canal. In which country is the Suez Canal? Egypt.
Why are the US and UK now discussing democracy after years of unequivocally supporting Egypt’s dictator?
Let not anyone believe Western governments care about ordinary Egyptians, democracy or the threat of extreme Islamists taking over.
They care about the oil.
Waste of money
I READ in the Examiner about the £2,792 spent on fruit trees for the Newsome area. Are the seven planted in the small park on Stile Common Road some of these?
If so, just after they were planted some were broken. Then when the apples came, someone snapped the branches off (what a waste of money).
Also three solar lights fitted in the same park area haven’t worked from being fitted – another waste of money.
Spend it on potholes.
Claims by computer
IN reply to your article ‘Claim your free energy saving gadgets’ (Kirklees Business News, January 25) I strongly object to the way a claim has to be registered.
Not everyone even these days is the owner of a computer. I would dearly love to win the mentioned gadgets.
MRS Z GABANSKI
Don’t be a mug
HAVING watched a news item from China where workers were producing souvenir china plates, cups and mugs for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, I was horrified to see that the workers who were doing this were being paid £10 per day for a 13 hour day.
This so-called contract to produce these were apparently given by British companies. No doubt when they hit the shops here the price will be extortionate and the workers certainly will not benefit from them.
I would therefore urge anyone who may be thinking of purchasing one of the above to think carefully before parting with their hard earned money for the benefit of employers who certainly do not have the interests of the workers at heart.
Conservative Councillor, Kirkburton Ward
IF you played football with my two sons, Gary Moore and Jason, and have any photos or newspaper cuttings that I could photocopy I would be most grateful. Most of my memories were destroyed in a flood many years ago.
Their early years were Honley School, Thongsbridge, Town boys under 11s and under 13s, Honley, Bradley Rangers, Ossett Albion, Emley and Penistone to name a few.
It would mean a lot to me. Many thanks. You can contact me on 01484 665839 or email@example.com
MAY I, through your newspaper, thank the lady for her kindness and honesty in handing in my best bracelet at Morrisons Supermarket on Friday, January 21?