Letters - November 18, 2011

Paramedic Lisa Hulley, who has twice been assaulted whilst at work in Blackpool.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'11-11-2011

Paramedic Lisa Hulley, who has twice been assaulted whilst at work in Blackpool. PIC BY ROB LOCK'11-11-2011

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READING about attacks on paramedics, including Lisa Hulley (Gazette November 12), my heart goes out to the paramedics who are doing a fantastic job saving lives.

The wonderful country of Britain could not survive without them.

But it’s not decent people attacking these hardworking people, it’s the drunken or drugged up cowards who, when sober, are scared of their own shadows.

The young seem to be copying them, thinking it makes them look tough.

This is very serious, so what about a 6ft tall burly bodyguard accompanying the paramedics?

Our paramedics are very brave, so let’s help them before they get badly injured.

MARGARET CRAWFORD

Ashfield Road

Bispham

THE severity of the current financial and economic crisis has made it more important than ever that our children leave school with the knowledge and skills to handle money problems such as debt, and how to allocate limited finance between competing needs.

Maths syllabi include matters such as how to calculate VAT, and utility bills but they do not educate pupils in the vital skill of money management.

Currently, organisations such as banks help to fund individual schemes in schools, but their advice and help is inadequate and tends to be inconsistent.

The Personal Finance Education Group, the largest independent source for funding the teaching of money matters in schools, has had its budget cut by 82 per cent since April, together with a massive reduction in staff.

Shamefully, in 2009, a Bill to make the teaching of personal finance compulsory in schools failed, owing to lack of support by MPs.

In order, therefore, to force a parliamentary debate on this vital matter, signatures are currently being sought on a petition.

It is essential the school curriculum incorporates the teaching of financial management as soon as possible.

People need to have the knowledge and the skills to tackle money issues, or, at the very least, to understand them.

Please sign the petition.

DR BARRY CLAYTON

Fieldfare Close

Cleveleys

I RECEIVED two replies to my request in Memory Lane’s Missing You column (November 8) and, from the information they have given, I have now managed to complete the family tree for my father’s side from 1826 to date.

I have thanked the informants and would now like to thank The Gazette for publishing my appeal. It seems pure coincidence that we enjoyed family holidays some 50 years ago in Cleveleys and my father probably did not know that he had an aunt who lived there.

ROY PERKINS,

Wolverhampton