Newsletter from the Market Research Benevolent Association (May 2017)






Newsletter from the Market Research Benevolent Association (May 2017)

May 2017


As I write this, the manifestos of all the major parties have been published for the forthcoming general election, which is now less than a week away.  One of the key issues that is emerging is the provision of long term care for the elderly who cannot look after themselves because of dementia or other condition.  This has become a salient issue for many older people, largely because of a proposal to include the value of their home in the calculation of the contribution that the person in need, or their estate, should make.

Unfortunately the MRBA cannot take on the provision of long term care, the cost of which could potentially eat up all our resources very quickly.  But the issue of whether someone’s home is an asset that we should take into consideration when determining what assistance to provide to our cases, is one that comes up regularly in our discussions.  Our remit is to help people who are or have been in market research and who are now ‘in need’.  But can the owner of an asset that is worth hundreds of thousands of pounds be said to be ‘in need’?  Of course, every case is different.

We may feel that for someone with a short term need, realising that asset by selling their home is not a realistic solution and would greatly damage their quality of life.  On other occasions, selling the home and down-sizing may be the only sensible long term solution where there is a chronic issue.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution, and, much as I may hate to say it, I sympathise with politicians as they try to find an answer to the provision of long term care that is both practical and morally just.

On another topic, I would like to congratulate the Management Committee’s Virginia Monk on being appointed a Fellow of the Market Research Society.  This is an honour given to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry, and she well deserves it.



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