YEP Letters: May 2

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Let us quote the true income figures

John Wainwright, Tingley

Your correspondent Valerie Smith (Your Feedback, April 27) suggests that in setting tax levels we should scrutinise what percentage of a person’s income is left after tax, so let us do so.

Her imaginary worker on £400 per week (£20,800 a year) would in the last tax year have paid £2,701 in income tax and National Insurance leaving them with 87 per cent for themselves. Someone on £1,923 per week (£99,996 a year) on the other hand would have paid £34,856 in income tax and National Insurance leaving them with only 65 per cent for themselves.

I don’t suggest that we should feel sorry for such people, but at least let us quote the true figures. HMRC have said that 27 per cent of all income tax raised comes from the top one per cent – yes one per cent – of salary earners, and 48 per cent from the top 10 per cent – something red Ed doesn’t seem keen to tell you when he harps on about making the rich pay more. Put simply, the few hundred Premiership footballers probably pay more tax between them than the people who go to watch them every week put together.

What we need to remember is that people at that end of the earnings scale can do their work pretty much anywhere in the world, and if the Government tries to take too much off them they may just up sticks and go, leaving the rest of us to pay the necessary taxes to cover the cost of all the spending and borrowing Ed and his Scottish harpie friend are planning.

Country needs to pay off debt

Nigel Bywater, Morley

The Conservatives are the party planning to cut public spending the most if they gain power in the general election.

As a sweetener they are now offering bribes to the electorate in the form of right to buy social housing and £4bn worth of Lloyds Bank shares, to be offered to small investors at below-market prices.

Initial estimates suggest that the new ‘right to buy’ scheme could cost well in excess of £6bn. The country needs to pay off its debt, not bribe the electorate.

Labour has warned that the number of NHS nurses in England is set to fall by almost 2,000 over the next four years according to the government’s projections, this comes on the back of the increasing population, and nurse numbers not keeping pace.

The funding of the NHS could be a real issue in coming years, since the coalition government have not honoured the NHS Pay Review Body which affects the pay of hundreds of thousands of health workers including midwives, nurses, radiographers, cleaners and psychiatric staff.

Those NHS workers will need a catch-up pay rise, will that come from planned funds? How much would an extra two per cent pay rise cost for the six million people working in the public sector?

The Office of National Statistics said that in April 2013 it was estimated that on average the pay of the public sector was between 1.3 per cent and 2.4 per cent lower than the private sector.

And with the coalition government giving the public sector below inflation rises in recent years it’s unlikely that the Conservatives will get many of their votes.

In Leeds, more than 100,000 people work in the public sector – around 22 per cent of the workforce.

As a public sector worker myself, I will not be voting Conservative.

Who monitors TV presenters?

Jack Banner, Meanwood

Our local BBC programmes are being blighted by the quality of the presenters.

God bless Harry Gration, but he really should have retired years ago. Amy Garcia is as pretty as a picture but cannot complete a few sentences without making a gaffe.

The other night we had Nicola Rees telling us that Yorkshire’s own Joe Root had scored a mega century in Granada.

Granada is in Spain and Grenada is in the West Indies!

Who monitors the performance of these presenters? Is anything acceptable these days or should we really expect better?

20mph limit is just a fad

D Boyes, Rodley

I COULDN’T agree more with Mr Angood of Stanningley’s comments over 20mph limits (Your Feedback, April 29).

But doesn’t he realise that this is just the latest in a long line of fads that councillors feel they have to squander our hard-earned council tax money on simply to justify their continued – well-paid – existence?

As contrary to the constant stream of propaganda about alleged ‘cuts’, town and civic halls across Yorkshire are awash with cash, otherwise they could not afford them, or to pay chief executives considerably more than the Prime Minister who has far greater overall responsibilities.

Although I now understand Communities Secretary Eric Pickles MP plans to curb these excesses.

Previously, it was asphalt speed humps that caught the councillors’ fancy, with yet another road, Brownberrie Lane in Horsforth, ruined by these pointless obstacles.

Although the reduced 40mph speed limit on Bayton Lane is a sensible move after several speed-related fatal accidents there, the signs meant to deter HGVs seem to be ignored, especially by Leeds City Council’s Highways Department’s own 18 tonne tippers!

Before this, it was white line fever with literally miles of thermoplastic markings put down to absolutely no effect on road safety, but very profitable for the companies concerned.

You know, with the full-time staff at Leeds City Council in reality running things, we could manage with just one councillor per ward.

Get your act together

John Turner, Leeds

Why don’t Metro get bus users onside by fully agreeing to re-instating the W1 bus stop when the building work on Wellington Street is finished? Why so keen to get rid of access points along the route of buses in a busy city centre area?

Also, why are there no bus timetable available at the new tourist centre at Leeds Central Library as there were at the former site at the railway station?

Come on, get your act together and make it easier for people to get on and off buses, and get the (ever changing) information about them too.