Tories say £60k payment to bereaved families of health workers will NOT apply to care workers or cleaners – and families of immigrants may be deported – SKWAWKBOX

The UK government has said that the £60,000 bereavement payment to the families of health workers killed by the coronavirus will not apply to care workers or hospital cleaners.

The Tories have also said that families of the deceased have no automatic right to remain in the UK. Families of people who died trying to keeping us safe and well could face deportation if their right to remain is withdrawn.

Johnson and his fellow Tories will no doubt still make sure they are filmed ‘clapping for carers’ tomorrow.

Source: Tories say £60k payment to bereaved families of health workers will NOT apply to care workers or cleaners – and families of immigrants may be deported – SKWAWKBOX

Whatever happened to 2 Point 4 children? | National Statistical

The phrase ‘2.4 children’ refers to the stereotypical family size in this country. But does it still hold true? As the ONS publishes its first analysis of births that took place in England and Wales in 2018, Nick Stripe takes a look at whether it’s time to change that number.

Cast your mind back to the nineties. The era of Britpop and football coming home, where things could only get better. The sitcom 2Point4 Children, starring Belinda Lang and Gary Olsen, introduced Bill and Ben Porter to BBC viewers on the 3rdSeptember 1991. It ran until the 30th December 1999, just as the new millennium party was getting into full swing.

Strictly speaking, Bill and Ben only had two children, David and Jenny. But dad, Ben, had juvenile tendencies which, helpfully, meant that there were 2.4 kids really. How typical were they then and now?

The broad picture painted by our analysis of births in 2018 is one of decreases and record lows. A birth rate of 11.1 births per 1,000 total population was the lowest ever recorded. And a fertility rate of 1.7 children per woman, was lower than all years except 1977 and 1999–2002.

How things have changed

At the height of the ‘baby boom’ in the late 1940s and mid 1960s, England and Wales was the scene of nearly 900,000 births per year. This represented a birth rate of around 20 births for every 1,000 people in the country. If the fertility rates of those years had persisted, women would, on average, have each given birth to around 2.8 children. This is known as the ‘total’ fertility rate. It projects forward how many children the average woman would have if she experienced that year’s ‘age-specific’ fertility rates throughout her life.


Source: Whatever happened to 2 Point 4 children? | National Statistical

Hello, stranger: South Koreans recount awkward reunions with families in North | Reuters

Instead, she says, she just wanted to return home.

“It was like I met someone I don’t know at all,” said Jung, who was among 89 South Korean families who joined in reunions last week of relatives separated by the Korean War, fought from 1950 to 1953.

“I wish my nephew resembled my brother, but he did not. They were like strangers,” she told Reuters, days after the event held in North Korea’s tourist resort of Mount Kumgang.

“I don’t want to meet them again. I don’t know how other separated families felt, or maybe I am just cold-hearted.”

While many wept and embraced loved ones they were meeting for the first time in more than six decades, others, such as Jung, couldn’t connect at all with their Northern relatives.

The disconnect shows how far apart the neighbours have grown in the decades since they ended hostilities in a truce rather than a peace treaty, leaving them technically in a state of war.


Source: Hello, stranger: South Koreans recount awkward reunions with families in North | Reuters

The Ups and Downs of Autism

AUTISM COLUMN: Why parents of autistic children have some of the highest heating and electricity bills  from Crawley News.

An extract ‘IN her monthly column, Maria Box, who lives in Pound Hill, shares the ups and downs of life with her autistic son Ryan. ……..’

This is a great article and while, initially the comments are relating to utility costs, it expands into how the family have to contend with the ups and downs of caring and supporting a family member with autism.

How many of us would be able to undertake this 24/7? But is it a matter of choice, for your family comes first and if you do not do it who would?

However, the autistic spectrum is vast and is only but one of the many conditions relating to learning disabilities and each one having themselves an extensive spectrum. In many cases the persons will have not just one condition but a varying number. While each condition will have its own defined traits, the persons concerned are individuals and as such, it may be that no one person will be exactly like any other in how their conidtions affect them.

This creates many problems when dealing with the respective professional bodies, such as Social Services*, education, health and so on. But these bodies like to label and fit people in boxes, so to speak. For this to be managed easily its requires a level of conformity, which in many cases, if in deed any, will not be always possible. This requires a great deal of flexibility, listening, understanding and more from these bodies, which many are reluctant to do. When this is in conjunction with the current austerity cuts being imposed on many of these bodies by the Government, it makes this reluctance even more so, thereby creating even more pressure on the families concerned.

Many of the general public are unaware of the issues families have regarding relatives with learning disabilities, autism and other conditions and for many solely rely on the messages emanating from Government and many of the media. So, many of the public, unfortunately link disability, with fraud and scrounging which is certainly not so for the majority. These families provide this care and support 24/7, not only during the childhood years of their relative, but well into adulthood and beyond and many receive no monetary benefit for doing so. But the pressures on these families is great and without the required assistance from the respective bodies, many of the members in the family will be at a greater risk of health problems and others.

With articles such as the one above from Crawley News, lets hope the message is far reaching for what, how, when and why families do needs assistance so they can provide the essential care and support for their relatives  No they should not be classed as scroungers, as they are far from it, as they are saving the country money, for the care and support has to be provided and it would cost far more if the state had to provide it all.


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