Letters - August 17, 2015

Claremont members taking part in the heritage programme
Claremont members taking part in the heritage programme
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VOLUNTEERS

Thanks to all at the Claremont Centre

I go to the Claremont Centre (FYi, Gazette, August 10).

I started to go with a friend after I lost my dear husband, but sadly my friend went into a home and I wasn’t going to go again, but my daughter said “Go mum, you’ll be all right, it will do you good and a day out.” And you know what I am so pleased I did, as I have made some lovely friends.

I must say now I look forward to going.

We had a free trip to the Winter Gardens, to the ballroom, it was lovely as I hadn’t seen it since the 1950s and behind the scenes. Also a free trip to the North Pier to see the Rag Dolls – they worked really hard, it was a great show. There is always something going on and we have days out.

The staff and helpers (too many to name) can’t do enough for us, they wait on us, look after us, chat with us, give us a hug.

They are all lovely and really helpful.

So don’t be on your own, go to the Claremont Centre, you’ll get a warm welcome.

So I thank you all for your good work you do, it’s appreciated by us all.

Mabel Hamer

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IMMIGRATION

Tell me the same old story, Mr Nuttall

I write regarding Paul Nuttall’s article on the current immigrant crisis. (Politically Correct, August 12).

It is depressing reading the old tired lines (or more accurately lies) about how one of the richest countries in the world doesn’t have resources to accept a few thousand desperate refugees, and how migrants will grind our NHS to a halt.

Some 26 per cent of our doctors in the NHS come from other countries. Our schools and colleges are packed with teachers from across the world, the transport system has been employing migrants since the 1950s, and the care sector would come to a halt.

The government’s own figures from the budget of responsibility shows a net migration of 250,000 per year boots annual GDP by 0.5 per cent meaning more jobs, higher tax revenues, more funding for schools.

When University College London, in 2009, looked at the fiscal impact of migration, the migrants contributed 40 per cent more in taxes than the cost of public services they consumed.

Our population is ageing with people living longer and fertility rates falling. Not enough children being born and estimates last year for the state pension to remain viable, there needs to be 500,000 immigrant workers coming in each year.

The old chestnut about undermining wages. After the Second World War, many migrants settled, joining trade unions with no question of cheap labour.

The key to good relations is everyone having a good wage with no one undercut. So we need stronger trades unions instead of less.

Migrants also add incredibly to the diversity and culture of the country.

Royston Jones

Beryl Avenue

Anchorsholme

ENTERTAINMENT

Publicity would get me in the cinemas

I am often asked a question I have raised myself, why Blackpool’s only cinema doesn’t announce its programmes daily in The Gazette?

Having long been a film buff I have missed my cinema visits because I’ve not known what was being shown and at what times.

When I lived in Withnell Road I was within walking distance of three cinemas – Rendezvous, Waterloo and Palladium – and I was a weekly patron to one or other of them.

I would still attend the Odeon if they’d publicise their programmes. Apart from anything else they must be losing revenue from would-be cinemagoers like myself.

Neil Kendall

Stamford Avenue

South Shore

TECHNOLOGY

Online only move is not always easier

According to recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics, there are approximately five million people in the UK (14 per cent of all UK households) who have never used the internet.

The north west alone is home to 747,000 such people. The figures increase significantly for the most vulnerable groups within our society, such as the elderly.

This doesn’t even account for the many thousands of disabled people (and their carers) whose often fluctuating physical abilities mean managing their affairs online is often impractical, or indeed impossible.

Despite these figures, many UK businesses such as banks, utility providers and telecoms companies have put more and more emphasis on digital communication as part of their approach to customer services. Even the Government is keen to push as many public services as possible online. All of these changes have been based on the assumption it will be easier for customers.

The Keep Me Posted campaign is dedicated to making sure everyone has a choice in how they receive bills and statements, and aren’t financially penalised for needing or wanting to manage their affairs by post. We must protect the rights of all consumers and make sure we don’t apply a ‘one size fits all’ approach to something as essential as communication with banks.

Judith Donovan CBE

Chairman, Keep Me Posted