Second - hand Christmas

I visited my elderly, widowed mother yesterday; for the first time in months.

Carer poverty. My mum had to buy me coffee; I have no money. How I would have loved to have been able to purchase that red coat she was looking at.

My Christmas presents this year, as every year , are paltry items, from second hand stalls and pound shops. Anything above £2.00 is a major purchase, a luxury.

Carer poverty; the 20 something pence an hour that carers receive is a far bigger scandal that the Banker's bonus's . Yet that is what dominated the news yesterday : highly -paid bankers are holding the Government to ransom over their multi-billion pound bonus schemes .

While those of us who care for society's most sick and disabled are expected to get by on about £7.00 a day; the lowest of all income replacement benefits. My Christmas "bonus" - yes they call it that, this year, will be £10.

What if we carers threatened to withdraw our services too ? We who save the UK about £60 billion a year.

We never would though, would we ? We are ignored by ALL governments, because we have no political clout. Only love.

I feel flat and low today; it is hard to hold your head up sometimes.

year ?

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