Just a quick post because it is very topical… Front page of the Daily Telegraph today: “Elderly told: go back to work and downsize”.
“Elderly people should be encouraged to go back to work and move into smaller homes, one of David Cameron’s key advisers said last night”. There is apparently a “nudge” unit a.k.a No.10 Behavioural Insight Team… Do you see shades of Orwellian 1984 or a sensible approach to addressing real problems in society?
The “nudge unit” is a “government team which has the task of developing ways to change people’s behaviour that do not require legislation” a.k.a “apply social pressure…”
But how much damage will be done by people looking at disabled people askance to see if they REALLY deserve that benefit or looking at older people to see if they REALLY need to stay in that big house, after the children have left…
And incidentally, this is an article about loneliness…. Perhaps the older people will be less lonely if the grown-up children and their families can come and visit once in a while!
Anyway, the debate is raging. Already 450 comments posted on the Telegraph website. I have posted a similar discussion in our LinkedIn group (the personalisation group to integrate social care, health and housing), as well as in the Big Society group.
As one commentator has said already, this government is certainly sparking some interesting conversations over the breakfast table…