Welcome to Spring 2020; a rather strange one. We have moved from a world of seemingly ever extending horizons to a situation where a significant proportion of our planets inhabitants and most of the UK are restricting movement to local shops and within a couple of miles of home, where many are ensconced for the duration. On the plus side Brexit has actually disappeared from the news agenda.
50plus is running a service to keep our customers warm, bathed, with access to power and safe at home whilst being more than aware that quite a number are in the coronavirus higher risk bracket, as are some of our service providers. The latest service information is available via the front page of our web site at www.the50plus.co.uk.
We have restarted our external works services for a number of outside jobs as many of our clients are elderly and can’t do their own gardening and similar tasks.
So where do we go from here? Economically, the world’s governments are running up enormous bill for generations to come. Money is being virtually printed in copious quantities as states seek to keep some semblance of commerce and trade functioning to preserve business and jobs for the upturn whilst having to invest ‘what ever it takes’ sums in public services. Taxes will inevitably have to rise to start the long haul to balancing the books at some point in the future. Economists are busy running predictions for the future. There have agreed there will be one but there is little consensus with regard to how long recovery will take.
Our personal view (as of early April 2020) is that it’s going to be at least three months of severely reduced activity level with a slow build back. We will resume normal business as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we will soft launch our new Umbrella Care service. For all of those of you undertaking DIY at home or seeking to have work undertaken our new Knowledge Centre is up and running. There are articles on both Umbrella Care and the Knowledge Centre in the menu. Keep an eye on The 50plus web site to see what else is going on.
Some charities and businesses, local to our head office and with whom we work, are shown below.