As part of his Spending Review announcement in the House of Commons, George Osborne confirmed the heavily trailed news that there will be a nationwide rollout of the "Cows in the Community" scheme.
The two pilot schemes in Solihull and Bermondsey were initiated as a joint venture between the Treasury, the Department of Work and Pensions and DEFRA.
One of the old people in the trial, Mrs Gladys Sladding talked about her first visit.
"I was sitting quietly watching telly one evening when I heard this strange noise at the cat flap. I thought someone might be breaking in but then Susan came up and nuzzled me. It was scary initially but they are very loving as long as they don't try and climb onto your lap. I have been kept busy knitting hats for Susan and her friends. It’s difficult to find design patterns for them, but I am getting better with each attempt."
Jared, one of the pilot's organisers, smiled and said "Research has shown that cows are particularly empathetic to old and vulnerable people and quickly generate a rapport with them. We expected to have to do a lot of work with the doors and had men standing by with set squares, saws, and hammers but they haven't been needed"
Damian, a bull who has been a particularly active participant, said "Listen ! I know we get bad press and all that because we are big and have the occasional violent moment, but underneath we are full of positivity. 'Positive Mental Attitude', that's what it’s all about and being proactive. I visit one of my old dears and then, while I am there, I pop into a few other houses to see if I can help anyone else out. Sometimes you get some miserable old git who seems more pissed off that they have to repair their door but the reception is usually positive. They've had company and had a cow flap fitted for free. Its win win. PMA !"
Mrs Sladding added, "I know people slag off this government for austerity measures. My house now has no back door, my heating bill is through the roof and I feel like I am up to my ears in shit, but George Osborne has lost his credibility so we are all doing our bit."