Dinner time in St Pancras Workhouse, circa 1911

Forget the 1950s, for Tory councillor Michael Hytche Britain’s golden age was, errr, the 1850s. This was his contribution to Torbay Council Health Scrutiny Board, who had met to discuss the provision of “mental health and learning disability services” against a background of cuts:

“Since the workhouses have been closed down, what has been put in their place? As far as I can see, nothing has been.”

The retired councillor would presumably have enough time on his hands to read the briefing.

  1. how ignorant of this conservative councilor, i surgest he reads the jay report 1976 and prier to that care for people with mental handicap 1971 and before he opens his illinformed archaic veiws research the subject first

  2. Pamela Booker says:

    He’s not wrong considering workhouses were originally set up to take in the sick and destitute. So, as he implies, what support is there for the weak and dispossessed these days? Care in the community?…..What community? Kneejerk reactions to the bigots who can’t stand a particular political party rather than hearing what was said.

  3. Linda Ashford says:

    Instead of residential care, people got to live with their families, with support, and often were able to attend day centres, make their own friends and see some of the world everyone else gets to see. Much daycare provision has been subject to cutbacks, many have disappeared or been downgraded. This was a false economy, they gave disabled and recuperating people and their carers a place to be there were some very good people working with them, and they were often purpose built. They also gave families the space they needed, in terms of respite, it’s a crying shame that they were so little valued that their funding was slashed. We need to value disabled people and the services they need more. Talk of workhouses has no place in the present, what on earth is this man doing anywhere near representing other people. He’s clearly not fit for office.

  4. Janice Stewart says:

    I think thats awful me and my husband suffer from mental health he doesnt have a clue what hes talking about we need help not stuck away were both on tablets my husbands worse but doctor really helps I could go into lot more about us but private we need help not stuck away how would he like it

  5. Pamela Booker, what the hell are you talking about? – it’s a quote, are you talking about, what planet are you on, what station? – “what support is there for the C these days? Care in the community?…..What community? Kneejerk reactions to the bigots who can’t stand a particular political party rather than hearing what was said.” – what experience do you have dealing with the “weak and dispossessed” – you are an imbecile !!!!!

  6. “workhouses were originally set up to take in the sick and destitute.”

    Are you on the same planet as the rest of us?

    There is a small clue in the name ‘workhouse’

    Hospitals were places for ‘the sick and destitute’

    Workhouses were set up after the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act, to discipline the poor.

    Their purpose was to’save money’ from the poor rates and keep an eye on the poor and needy.

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