Diabetes among South Asian populations

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I recently attended an event hosted by Lord Patel at the House of Lords for the South Asian Community Diabetes campaign. I thought I would blog some facts that novo nordisk, the sponsors of the event unveiled.

  • People of South Asian origin are 6 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes
  • 2.9 million people in the UK have diabetes and know about it. Another 850,000 are unaware they have it.
  • Prevention is a vital investment for people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Early diagnosis and effective treatments are essential for people who have diabetes.
  • Up to 80% of cases of type 2 diabetes could have been delayed or prevented.
  • Diabetes costs the NHS £9 billion every year (around 10% of its budget)

Diabetes prevalence in Brent is higher than the national average and we will be focusing our efforts on this when public health partly transfers as an area of Council responsibility next year.

Tory Liberal failure on the economy – Double-Dip recession

With the news that we are officially in a double-dip recession period LINK it is becoming clearer that the Tory Liberal economic policies are fundamentally flawed. Yes, they inherited a large deficit, but they also inherited a growing economy.

Cutting too far too fast has recklessly damaged the UK’s good prospects of getting our economy moving again. So far, the Tory Liberals have increased unemployment by

  1. Slashing jobs in the public sector on the unsubstantiated claim and risk that jobs will miraculously appear in the private sector to make up for the rise in unemployment in the public sector
  2. Increasing VAT which has an impact on a business’ take home profits, meaning that they have less profit available to employ people and expand
  3. The VAT rise also impacts on consumer spending and disincentivises businesses
  4. Scrapping the Future Jobs Fund which equips young people to be work ready. Indeed the long term impact of this has also been ignored by the Tory Liberals. Even if there is a lack of employment opportunities in the country, it is important that these schemes are invested in so that people are equipped with the skills they need and are work ready for when the economy does recover and there are jobs for people to go into.

Unemployment should never be a price worth paying. The immediate and long-term impact of worklessness is far worse than pursuing an aim to get rid of the deficit in four years. The Tory Liberal Government have made this their priority and ignored the impact that this damaging course has on ordinary people.

The VAT rise also had a detrimental impact on inflation. Naturally, it costs more to buy products because there is more tax paid on spending money. This leaves less disposable income to the individual and what’s more, wages are not going up with inflation. People are being squeezed with higher costs and lower income.

This brings me to my final point on the deficit, which has increased under this Tory Liberal administration – LINK

Growth is a key component to tackle the deficit. Without economic growth, it becomes difficult to address the deficit. This has been the Tory Liberal Coalition’s main failure. There is the issue of the Eurozone crisis that the right wing Government will point to. However, slashing public sector jobs with a front loaded approach and the VAT rise are policies of the Government’s own making.

The Tories are out of touch with ordinary people and their stance on the 50% tax rate at this very moment in time is testament to that. The Liberals aren’t bothered about issues such as employment, jobs, the economy, crime and the NHS – this is proven with how easily they flipped their position on these what I consider core issues. They are far more concerned with the House of Lords and the electoral system and appear more principled on these issues than ones that have a more profound impact on people.

Congratulations Paul Boateng

Former Brent South MP Rt Hon Paul Boateng has been appointed to the House of Lords. In 1997, Paul became the UK’s first black Government minister. He was first elected to Parliament in 1987. Paul stepped down as an MP in 2005 to become Britain’s high commissioner in South Africa, paving the way for Dawn Butler to stand as the Labour candidate for Brent South.

Paul Boateng played an integral part of the Brent election campaign and campaigned tirelessly for Brent Labour on the campaign trail. A particular highlight of the campaign was Paul on his megaphone from the GMB bus in Dudden Hill in the Church End area telling people to Vote Labour!