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    I was just watching the news and a story came on... A "think tank" in the UK have come up with the idea of paid leave (6 months) for 50+ year olds to look after their elderly parents and grand kids.

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    I think it's a big crock. If you want to make the decision to look after your parents (instead of putting them in a nursing home) or if you make the decision to look after your grand-kids instead of having the balls to tell your kid to pull their finger out and sort it out themselves.... Then that's a lifestyle decision... And if needed you should give up your job to do it.... Instead if expecting a hand out.

    Who pays? The taxpayer or small business? Pffft.

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    Yea I think thats taking it a bit far too be honest...

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    So what? The kids are going to expect granny to take time off to look after thier kids so they dont have to pay childcare? I bet that is what happens.

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    But what do you do to combat the ever growing child care shortage? 5+ year waiting lists, centres charging unaffordable prices because they can, too many children and not enough places...

    Hypothetically (and I haven't given myself time to fully think this idea through) wouldn't something like this help the cc problem?

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    Hypothetically, I have no opinion on this at all. Other than to say my mum wouldn't do it for me. But my mil already does it for free so my bil & sil can work. My mum thinks our kids our responsibility & she's had her time raising kids & now it's our turn & I agree with her. We went into knowing our financial situation. Mil only does to save sil money on child care, but they are a lot worse off financially than us.

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    I don't think my mother going on 6 months of leave so she can look after MY kids is in any way beneficial to her... and really, that's who she should be thinking of considering how pitiful the age pension is, and how there may not actually be much of one left by the time she kind of needs one. She needs to make as much as she can so she's not living on baked beans or whatever...

    I don't really like the idea of it, tbh. Those who can afford to look after their grandkids aren't working already anyway.

    ETA - I was only really focused on answering about grandkids. I think that's a load of crap. Tell your kids to take care of their own damn kids. Why should you have to take time off work so they can do that? Make them take time off.

    But really... your elderly parents is probably a little different. IMO though, if they're old enough to need that level of care (the kinda that says you can't leave them home for a few hours on their own), then maybe they require the kind of care a home can better provide.
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    I'd be interested in see the breakdown of the cost of a scheme and the savings and benefits to the economy and the community.

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    Re caring for ageing parents this is probably a very economically viable suggestion. There are simply not enough residential care places for elderly people now,and with the ageing population this shortage will become more pronounced.
    It is significantly cheaper to have someone 'ageing in place' (ie at home) with family care and visiting support services than it is for them tobe in a nursing home, hostel or hospice. Many would argue it is socially better too, it is a fairly modern, western phenomenon to have older family members cared for by others in a group home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I think it's a big crock. If you want to make the decision to look after your parents (instead of putting them in a nursing home) or if you make the decision to look after your grand-kids instead of having the balls to tell your kid to pull their finger out and sort it out themselves.... Then that's a lifestyle decision... And if needed you should give up your job to do it.... Instead if expecting a hand out.

    Who pays? The taxpayer or small business? Pffft.
    But it's ok for parents to receive support to allow them to stay home and look after their children, when they wouldn't normally be able to afford to?

    I believe allowing those in their 50's time to care for their elderly parents at home would lift some of the burden on the health care system. I'm not sure why those that are all for people receiving family payments would be so against the idea to be honest?
    Last edited by Star Light; 26-08-2013 at 18:11.


 

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