YEP Letters: August 17

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It’s not right to pay for this honour

A Hague, Harehills

We are asked if the city’s culture bid is worth it (YEP, July 27) referring to the bid to become Europe’s Capital of Culture costing £200,000.

Why should we pay for it? Surely the proper way is to earn it.

We have shown what we can do running the Tour de France stages last year, and we get many visitors coming every year to sample our offerings.

So yes, it might be worth it, but not right to pay for this so-called honour.

This should be a good law for all

Nigel Bywater, Morley

I WOULD like to correct Lindon Dove’s, letter (YEP, August5). David Cameron was not supported by a majority of the electorate.

A majority would be over 50 per cent. The total number of votes for the Conservatives in the election this year, was 11,334,576 which was 24.3per cent of the electorate.

The general election of 2015 saw the highest turnout since the Tony Blair landslide but yet the Conservatives only managed to get 24.3 per cent of the registered voters to vote for them.

David Cameron wants public sector workers strike action to clear the 50 per cent mark, when he was elected on much less. If this would be a good law for the public sector, it is a good law for all.

Do you need university?

Louise Atkinson, ACCA Yorkshire Women’s Members’ Network

Over the next month thousands of potential students from across Yorkshire will be considering whether university is the right route for them.

The average debt for a student leaving university is now about £53,000, and with maintenance grants being converted to loans by the government this figure will rise even further.

However, not wanting to burden yourself with this level of debt doesn’t mean a professional career is beyond you.

Many professional bodies such as ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) don’t require a degree.

Studying for a professional qualification instead of choosing to complete an undergraduate degree can have a number of advantages.

You can work while you study, earning valuable experience, and once completed you will have a professional qualification and, depending on your study options, a Masters degree from the University of London by the time most people will be completing their undergraduate degree.

University experience can be an important part of your development, but it is always worth considering whether it is something you want to do, whether it is important to your career aspirations, or are you doing it because it’s the next logical step.

In today’s competitive job market, three years’ experience gained while studying for a professional qualification 
could put you ahead of your peers.

Well done and thanks to all

Brenda Hoar, Honorary Treasurer,

The Wetherby and District Friends of Cancer Research UK wish to thank all the supporters and volunteer collectors of the street collections in this area on Saturday, July 4.

Boston Spa collected £89.53, Collingham £164.56 and Wetherby reached £324.42, making a grand total of £578.51.

Well done and thank you all.

Are demons and spirits real?

A Stubbs, Bridlington

More and more, popular films, television shows, books and entertainment fixate on demonism, mysticism and the occult.

But are these things actually real?

According to a recent report in the Telegraph (April 13), a third of all phone calls received by Catholic officials in the Diocese of Rome (the Pope’s backyard) now relate to requests for exorcisms.

When we look at this world today with its warfare, terrorism, riots, torture, hatred and corruption we must ask if there is a spirit behind these actions.

If we can believe the Bible, the answer to that question is a resounding yes.

One size doesn’t always fit all

Judith Donovan CBE, Chairman, Keep Me Posted

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. Yorkshire and the Humberside are home to 523,000 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 further millions of people who simply do not have digital skills or confidence needed to manage sensitive financial information safely online.

It also ignores the many thousands of disabled people (and their carers) whose often fluctuating physical abilities mean that 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. Banks have encouraged customers 
to switch to online-only accounts.

Energy companies offer lower costs if you abandon the traditional paper bill.

Even the Government is keen to push as many public services as possible online.

All of these changes have been based on the assumption that it will be faster and easier for customers.

The Keep Me Posted campaign is dedicated to making sure that everyone has a choice in how they receive bills and statements from their providers, and aren’t financially penalised for needing or wanting to manage their affairs by post.

We have found that most of us believe this should be a basic consumer right.

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 customer communication with banks and other vital services.