A couple of years ago social services came round to see if there was anything they could help me with after I'd had 3 emergency hospital stays in rapid succession. From what they were offering, the only thing I could see of any use, as I was living alone at that time, was a community alarm, which was subject to means testing. It was decided I wouldn't have to pay anything towards the installation or running of the alarm. As it happens, I've never had to use it and it's just as well as they've never asked for a key or even mentioned a key so how anyone would get in I have no idea! Today I've had a letter telling me about a Community Alarm Consultation ( when we see this word consultation, I think we know it's already a done deal) proposing that for people "who can't afford to pay the full cost" it will cost £2.83 a week and if I ever press the alarm they will call back with verbal "reassurance" (not much use if I've already lost consciousness) or, if I need them to physically respond the cost will be £4.68 a week. Just wondering if anyone else has had one of these letters and it's going to apply to all areas of the country?
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