Why fuel poverty gets me hot under the collar…

“Some things in life are bad They can really make you sad Other things just make you swear and curse…” What makes you mad? I’m usually fairly equable until something gets my goat, and then I’m off on one. Usually it’s because of someone’s pigheadedness… when a little rationality and bigger thinking could solve so much. First witness for the prosecution: 31,000 excess winter deaths last year. That’s like wiping a small town off the map. 31,000 families left to grieve for someone who might still be here today. To put it into context, it’s ten 9/11s, and more than ten times the annual death...

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Big thinkers… or thick blinkers?

It’s another example of silo thinking. Small thinking. Short sighted thinking. We seem to be awash with it at the moment.

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Care fee cap… the devil is in the detail

So who were the winners… and losers… from the announcement to cap care fees? Yesterday, Care Minister Norman Lamb set out the Government proposals to establish a new, capped funding system. This was (after a lot of pondering and number crunching) their response to the Dilnot Report, which basically said that the current system is unfair, discourages thrift and robs some people of all of their savings to pay for their care. You can find a detailed report on the announcements here – http://www.agenda-efa.org.uk/site/2013/07/consultation-announced-on-new-fairer-care-funding-system/...

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Material deprivation: it’s not just about the money for older people…

Being armed with detailed, objective data about the lives of older people, and the factors that impact most on their quality of life, could lead to a more holistic approach on funding and support mechanisms

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What’s wrong with our newspapers?

Amidst the brilliant and fearless exposes in our newspapers, there is a counter stream of material which is biased, boorish and bombastic.

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Five reasons to have a list of five things in your blogs

When we were taught to write at school, we started at the beginning and ended when we ran out of ideas. A lot of blogs are just like that.

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