Letters - Monday, January 10, 2022

Let’s show some pity for our posties

Monday, 10th January 2022, 3:45 pm
Letterbox

Recently I was seconded by an organisation to deliver leaflets to houses in my vicinity.

What an eye opener. Letterboxes at shoe level and others with a vicious spring flap.

To push the leaflet completely through requires several folds to exert the pressure to do the job, plus the withdrawal of the hand gives red knuckles!

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May I suggest that door manufacturers and installers agree that the opening be a minimum of two foot six inches from the floor and for design purposes consideration given to a vertical slot as well as the normal horizontal.

Metal postboxes that hang on the wall outside should be large enough to take a standard 9 ins x 12.75 ins envelope without folding.

Thank you, posties, for the wonderful job you all do.

David H Rhodes

via email

POLITICS

Govern for the people

A recent report from the Resolution Foundation revealed what we already knew – current government policy will result in a large loss of disposable income for the average household, a yearly loss of £1,200 a year in fact.

The reasons for such a big hit to an average household’s income are clear – the upcoming rise in National Insurance and huge increases in gas and electricity bills which are predicted.

Combine this with the increase in inflation and wages falling in real terms and we end up in the situation we are currently in.

The Government has so far done nothing to address this upcoming crisis, how are some families going to feed their kids next year?

How are families going to keep up on mortgage payments?

How are they to live in any form of normality when they are having to spend more and more time thinking about their financial situation through no fault of their own?

Urgent action is needed to address this upcoming crisis.

The Government is predicted to receive around £3.1bn more from VAT receipts than the pre-Budget forecasts predicted, this immediately provides the Treasury with the money they need to remove or greatly reduce VAT on gas and electricity on a temporary basis.

A delay to the upcoming rise in National Insurance to stop households facing all the rises at the same time would help and it would give the Government more time to work on addressing the other issues.

Why haven’t any measures to properly address the cost of living crisis been announced?

We are heading straight into catastrophe for millions, and we are yet to hear of any support.

The Government has already ignored the crisis for months, they now only have a few months until households lose a large amount of income.

The Government will be responsible for any cost of living crisis which comes.

They have no interest in easing the fears of the people. If they did, they wouldn’t choose inaction.

It is about time Ministers got serious and governed in favour of the British people.

Matthew McEwan

via email

HOUSING

Are prefabs the answer?

The Government’s housing policy is a monumental mess. Young couples can’t afford rip-off house prices and are having to live with mum and dad.

Why not try what some countries have done and build super-prefabs?

They can be erected in two or three days and sold at reasonable prices.

They are a lot less hassle than a castle.

Max Nottingham

via email

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