A newly published survey from the Forgotten 50 Year Old’s Society of Wales is showing that 42% of men surveyed, who are in their 50s are having to consider alternative solutions for their care, when they get older.
Over 1000 Welsh men in their 50s, were surveyed over a week, across Wales.
With social care being cut back, year on year, by local Councils as austerity cuts deepen, it seems that a life of crime is being considered as a means for our future elderly to receive proper care, in their old age.
John Chundergrass, 56, of Newtown was interviewed and spoke to WalesOnCraic. John said:
“I have paid into the system for almost 40 years now. I was expecting to be looked after in my old age if I need it. However, local Council budgets are being cut every year and with the baby boomer generation approaching retirement, I have seen my parent’s generation are not receiving the care that I would hope for. Carers come and go within 15 minutes. They don’t have time to talk to their clients and elderly are left in beds with dirty bedding.”
“This made me realise that I have to make my own plans for my own age as I don’t have the savings to pay for a comfortable retirement.
“I have seen all the court cases of the likes of Rolf Harris and Stuart Hall and seen them in cushy prisons. I have researched on the internet at how comfortable it is in prison for elderly prisons. Heating, books, TV, 3 meals a day. Even an early morning call. Where do you get that sort of room service on the outside? I have started researching the lengths of prison sentences on offer. Whether its a murder, downloading dodgy porn, stealing millions from a bank or parking on double yellow lines, I am looking at prison being the solution to my final years,” John continued.
A spokesman for the Government said:
“We have seen cuts to social care to the poor. But we didn’t see it coming that the elderly will start to commit serious crimes to get a cozy life in a person’s final years. But to think 42% were considering a life of crime in old age is a worrying trend and we will have to start building a few prisons for the elderly. Come to think of it, I may have to do the same myself as I am on a crap contract thanks to this Government.”
WalesOnCraic can confirm that Marigold Prisons Ltd is developing plans for prisons for the elderly and there are plans to build 4 across Wales and a further 18 over the rest of the UK.