Carers Week, an annual campaign that celebrates and recognises the valuable contribution that people make when they look after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend, is nearly upon Britain.
And while the event has yet to attract the interest of the country’s big media outlets, its notices in the community press are something to be heartened about—at least if one lives in the UK and not New Zealand.
Everybody’s talking about Budget 2014, but not a lot of the talk has been about households who must produce their own budgets with an eye for the requirements of an affected member in need of constant care.
A record $15.6bn has been earmarked for health over the coming year, with children’s health, disability support and elective surgery among the areas in for an immediate boost.
One of the country’s popular online hangouts has turned over part of its work to documenting life on the disabled margins.
Although the Public Address site is best known for the prolific musings of founder Russell Brown, it has always been the work of several contributors writing on a variety of broad themes—life in the south, bisexuality in the city, political humour, and so forth.
Retirement is never very far from the news pages — for the very good reason that it’s never far from the minds of those in their middle years.
Here, for instance, is a recent piece on the Commissioner for Financial Literacy's 2013 review of retirement income policies. The survey found there is an “increasing gap” between the standard of living that we aspire to when we retire and the standard of living we can afford on New Zealand Superannuation.