Check out today’s YEP letters
Cyclists think they’re above the law
Jo Farrell, Leeds.
HOW much longer will motorists have to put up with those lycra-clad cyclists who believe that they are above the law?
I was driving along the A65 in Horsforth when a rider was tailgating a bus. He would not have had a chance if the driver had to apply the brakes in an emergency. The police need to make an example of the culprits. Do you agree?
Pensioners have paid into the system
M Meeson, Leeds
In reply to Mary Wilcock (YEP Letters, June 3) and with respect, regarding the winter fuel allowance.
Mary states that “the winter fuel allowance has to be paid for by the young”.
You begin paying National Insurance when you earn more than £157 per week and it is used to pay for the NHS, unemployment benefit, sickness and disability allowances and the state pension.
As a pensioner, Mary, you have paid in to this system and now you are entitled to these benefits, including the winter fuel allowance. The younger generation has not paid for your benefits, you have.
Those who pay National Insurance now is for their benefit when they too hopefully, reach the age you now enjoy.
A charge on the prudent
Ivan Kovacks, by email
I’ve just read the letter from D S Boyes (YEP, June 3) on how to raise money to help support our growing social costs, by having a small charge levied on each house purchase. He also suggests that this might help keep the house prices down.
I must applaud him for coming up with suggestions, when so many just sit back and complain, but I do not agree with this idea.
Firstly it is a discriminatory charge; in that those who live in rented accommodation or perhaps a council house are free to move around without making this contribution but could easily be earning or have more financial assets than those who are moving.
This would be one more charge on the prudent that save and buy their own properties and then get stung for doing it.
Also if I knew I was going to be charged say two per cent for this when I sold my house, I’d raise the house price by two per cent to compensate for it, so this could lead to house price rises. It could also lead to people not selling and staying put so reducing housing availability and therefore using supply and demand putting house prices up.
Solution to housing crisis?
Paul Chalmers, by email
Houses are in huge demand but government and councils are going about it all wrong . Even all political parties are wrong.
All homes built in local areas using local tradespeople, working through local councils who act as building inspectors and surveyors architects etc.
This bit is great, all houses built will be built at cost, all homes passed onto the most vulnerable and needy.
They pay for homes at cost over 20 / 30 years, once paid they can sell and move anywhere. Housing crisis sorted, no expense to anyone and no one loses any value on current homes . Simple really, just the same as right to buy but just cutting out the middle man.
Time to get real over Brexit
Philip Bell, Leeds 13
I READ with dismay the comments made by Mr John Cole of Shipley (YEP June 5). Mr Cole deemed to suggest that no politician could make a success of Brexit and that the best achievement would be damage limitation.
He then goes on to suggest that, over the years, the UK has been ‘lucky’ to have been indulged by our, so-called, European partners.
No, sir, the vast amount of funds contributed by the UK, way, way above those of most of the other countries in the EU, is the only reason that we traditionally have had a position of strength and that is why the other countries are now panicking. Get real, Mr Cole!
Support care home open day
Sharon Allen, CEO Skills for Care, Leeds
Skills for Care is asking local people to get involved this Care Home Open Day as care homes throw open their doors.
Care Home Open Day on June 16 2017 takes ‘friendship’ as its theme and is partnered with The Big Lunch which is the UK’s annual get together for neighbours.
Thousands of care homes across the country will be inviting local people to tuck into a ‘Big Lunch’ or take part in fun activities with the people who live and work there.
The annual event helps local people connect with those working and living in care homes, and offers care homes the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with the local community.
National Care Home Open Day is designed to encourage everyone to find out more about their local care home and the work being done there.
We know that good care homes do great work all year round, but this open day is about them opening their doors and inviting people in to see that for themselves.
To find out which care homes are taking part in your area visit www.carehomeopenday.org.uk
Promises will change lives
Susan Thomas, by email
the Labour Manifesto has been costed at around £48bn. The promises will change the lives of many for the better.
Compare this to the £56bn that the Tories wish to spend on a High Speed Train project. HS2 is a vanity project that is unpopular even with Tory voters.
What would you prefer? One astronomically expensive fast train or money for police, the NHS, nurses, schools , pensioners and the younger generation.
My sister is a nurse and she has not had a real wage rise since 2010 and she sees patients suffer as their operations are cancelled.
Labour’s promised land
David Gaunt, Liversedge.
IT’S really good to know that after June 8, my grandchildren will receive 30 hours of free childcare from the age of two, attend schools which have class sizes of 30 children or less, be able to go to university and not pay anything towards the cost of their education.
That myself, my wife and my children will all be able will be able to see a doctor without having to wait, attend hospital and be seen within 18 weeks of a referral being made, because we will have a fully-funded health and social care system with more staff who are better paid as will all other public sector workers.
That the price I pay for my gas, electricity and water won’t increase, I can travel on trains whose fares are being capped (not sure about bus fares?), also not forgetting that my mail will be delivered at least twice daily, and finally what I am really looking forward to is receiving a substantial pay increase like everyone else in the country because we deserve it, don’t we?
The really good thing about all this and much more beside is that it won’t cost me a penny more, because it’s going to be paid for by those ‘nice rich people’ and generous companies who won’t put their prices up, or move elsewhere.
All I have to do is vote for Labour and the ‘promised land’ will be there for me, won’t it?