` War Means Many Dollars for Western Economies But For People it Means No Bread to Feed Their Children’

#AceNewsServices – JORDAN – April 17 – Amman, Jordan – Three years after fleeing their war-torn country, more than half a million Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s urban centres have become more vulnerable and destitute, a new study has revealed.

A household assessment released by CARE International on Thursday found that urban Syrian refugees are struggling to cope with inadequate housing and high debts amid increasing prices in Jordan.

According the latest report of CARE releases new study on situation of urban refugees: http://care-international.org/UploadDocument/files/CARE_Syrian%20refugee%20Assessment%20in%20Jordan_April%202014.pdf

Amman, April 15, 2014. Half a million Syrian refugees living in urban areas in Jordan are struggling more than ever to cope with inadequate housing, high debts, rising costs of living and educational challenges for their children, CARE International has found in a new study.

According to CARE’s household assessment of more than 2,200 Syrian refugees, 90 percent of the refugees are living in debt to relatives, landlords, shopkeepers and neighbours and rents have increased by almost a third in the past year.

The insecurity to provide for their families causes increasing levels of stress and sets women at risk of sexual exploitation. In many cases, young sons become the family’s breadwinner to make ends meet. CARE’s study shows that only 52 percent of Syrian refugee boys are currently attending school (compared with 62 percent of girls). This is an improvement to CARE’s findings in last year’s urban assessments, where 40 percent of children were enrolled in school. “But the current number is still too low. Being pulled into the workforce usually means being pulled out of school. Hundreds of thousands of school children have lost up to three years of education. We are losing an entire generation of children, the most critical investment for Syria’s future.”

“Three years after the Syria crisis started refugee families are becoming more and more destitute. The longer they live in neighbouring countries, the more financially vulnerable they become. Families have fled months or years ago, they do not have any savings any more,” says Salam Kanaan, CARE Jordan’s Country Director. More than 80 percent of the refugees in Jordan do not live in camps, but in poor neighbourhoods in the urban areas or the outskirts of Jordan’s cities, often in inadequate dwellings, informal tented settlements and makeshift shelters.

Often they have to share tiny, run-down flats with more than one family. Families have to spend an average of USD 260 per month for rent. For refugees, who have difficulties and high expenses obtaining a work permit in Jordan, being able to pay for rent is one of the most pressing concerns.

36 percent of the families registered with CARE are headed by women. They have fled without their husbands who are either still in Syria, injured or have been killed.

They have to take care of their young children and older relatives, but have difficulties to generate income.

Read More: http://care-international.org/news/press-releases/emergency-response/urban-syrian-refugees-struggle-to-make-ends-meet-in-jordan.aspx#.U00edvl_udQ

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UK: ” Government `Care and Support’ Comes at a Cost to the `Taxpayer’ Namely Supporting Insurance Providers `Better Known’ as Private Healthcare”

#AceNewsServices says “UK Governments” way of helping people is making sure they protect their interests by looking after business first and our elderly last.

News Story:

Care needs: financial services industry to develop products to help people plan

Government and Association of British Insurers (ABI) have committed to working together to help people plan for their future care costs.

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Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, and the Director General of the ABI, Otto Thoresen, have signed a joint ‘statement of intent’ committing to work together to:

  • help people get the information they need to plan and make decisions about how to pay for their long-term care
  • create the right conditions for a larger market of financial products that will give people more choice

Norman Lamb said:

The current care and support system doesn’t work and is hugely unfair. People face losing almost everything they’ve worked hard for or being forced to sell their family home in a time of crisis to pay for the care they need.

Our reforms will not only stop this from happening but will provide the financial services industry with the certainty it needs to develop products that can help people plan for the future. I welcome this commitment from the industry and am excited to see how this new market could transform the way we pay for our care.

Otto Thoresen said:

The insurance industry can play an important role in developing solutions to help people fund their long-term care needs. We have supported the introduction of a new care funding model, and believe the Care Bill provides a sustainable framework for both industry and consumers.

The statement of intent sets out our commitment to working with the government to create the conditions for the development of an insurance market that offers a range of products to help people meet their long-term care needs.

A number of companies have stated a commitment to developing this financial market and have indicated the sorts of products that could emerge. These include Aegon, Aviva, Legal & General and Swiss Re.

Aviva said:

We stand behind the statement of intent as a great summary of how government and the industry can work together in the best interests of consumers. We are committed to the long-term care market and making sure people of an older age have the peace of mind that being adequately planned and prepared for older age brings.

Legal & General said:

Legal & General is committed to helping government by developing workable financial products to help individuals finance long-term care. Likely solutions will involve a mix of products reflecting different individual and family circumstances.

The government is introducing the biggest reforms to the way care people pay for their care in more than 60 years. These reforms will include a cap on the cost of care to protect people from unlimited bills. They will also give people the option of deferring payments so they aren’t forced to sell their homes to pay for the care they need.

These reforms aim to provide greater certainty about what people will be expected to pay and therefore provide greater opportunity for a new market of care products to emerge. In March 2013 the government asked the financial services industry to lead a review of the market, to identify opportunities for new products and barriers to them being realised.

The findings of this industry-led review have now been published, which marks the first step towards giving people greater choice about how they can meet the costs of their care. Swiss Re said:

Swiss Re feels that the issue of social care is important to the UK community and we are pleased to have been actively involved in the review which led up to the statement. The review identified a number of areas where more work is needed to give people access to appropriate information and advice and more choice about how they meet their care costs.

Aegon said:

The growth of platform solutions makes it easier for individuals to look at all of their assets together on a consolidated basis – pensions, other savings and even housing equity. This will allow people to make the best use in later life of the savings and assets they’ve worked hard to build up.

Read the companies’ full statements on the DH media centre’s news feed.

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“Care In The Community” Part Two – Time For A Change!

Today l was working back in my local community with the elderly! The fact is l watched our so- called care services ignore a persons, dignity, free-will and right as a human being! The fact she pays towards this type of care, is so so wrong! I just wanted to shout this person is a vulnerable human being – not a commodity to pay these carers, to ignore the fundamentals of all care, and that is “love and compassion.” But today l made a vow to change the “Care In My Community” for the good not in favour of profit, but in the way God wanted through Jesus Christ, with unconditional love! Amen

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