YEP letters - Saturday, September 24

Picket lines outside the Orgreave coking plant in 1984.
Picket lines outside the Orgreave coking plant in 1984.
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Here’s a selection of readers letters from today’s Yorkshire Evening Post.

Time for Orgreave to be consigned to history

George Marsden, Colton, Leeds

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has stated there will be no public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave,good.

It’s time to draw a line under the obsession with raking over the past.Comparisons with Hillsborough are as fatuous as they are offensive.

That Inquiry was in response to a perverse inquest into the deaths of 96 people.

At Orgreave there were no fatalities,and the legal system worked - attempts to prosecute striking miners collapsed,and half a million pounds in compensation was paid out.

The taxpayer shouldn’t have to foot the bill for another public inquiry.

Nor do we need a taxpayer funded political exhumation of Arthur Scargill.He and his cronies destroyed their union and consigned the Labour movement to decades in the wilderness.

Orgreave is a blight on history.And that’s where it should remain

What would Mark Twain say about Leeds?

Roger Bates, Shadwell

Further to the Arradis Report placing Leeds above London, Edinburgh and Manchester in terms of quality of life I feel sure that the American humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910) would agree enthusiastically with that last one.

Indeed, following one visit to Europe he wrote, “I would like to live in Manchester, England. The transition between Manchester and death would be unnoticeable”.

Furious over care home news

Hilary Schofield of Churwell, daughter of Emma Jones resident of Siegen Manor.

I WRITE further to your article about an under-staffed care home in Drighlington which has been placed into special measures by a health watchdog. (Morley Observer, September 21)i.

This is just what I need to read about on the day I found out through the press and media that Siegen Manor care home in Morley is set to be closed. My mum is 98 years old has been resident there for over 7 years she has been well cared for at all times, happy and very settled, she is frail, very poor sighted, deaf andhas vascular dementia.

To my knowledge there is two care homes in the Morley area that under special measures and others on improvements needed.

So well done to Leeds Adult Socail Care on there proposed closure of Siegan which is rated good on all aspects, how can we let this happen this can not be correct.

I am so angry over plan to close I feel so strongly that the welfare and care does defiantly not belong in the private sector.

Bad news for abused women

Eileen Robottom, by email

You report (Yorkshire Evening Post, September 21) on efforts to tackle the appallingly high rate of domestic violence in the city. Coun Lisa Mulherin speaks of helping those affected to “access the support they need to help protect them and break away from their abuser if needed.”

Yet breaking away depends on having somewhere else to go; and government policy is making this harder, and therefore putting more lives at risk.

The government claims it is protecting the future of domestic violence refuges by delaying until 2019 the capping of refuge residents’ Housing Benefit to Local Housing Allowance Rates, and then introducing a new system of funding whereby the support element will be paid not from Housing Benefit but from a budget set by central government and to be administered by the Local Authority.

Such a plan means that the funding available is no longer determined by the level of need and is no longer a right for those who need it but will depend upon how much is in the pot.

Given the enormous financial pressures on the Local Authority, it is also likely that funding for domestic violence survivors from outside the Local Authority will be refused. This undermines a basic principle of refuge provision, the recognition that a survivor’s safety may depend on being rehoused at a distance, in a place where they cannot be tracked down by the perpetrator.

The desperate shortage of social housing affects the safety of anyone seeking to flee domestic violence and family abuse. Social housing is being attacked on many flanks: forced sell offs of higher-value housing to pay for subsidies on housing association tenants’ right to buy; replacement of social-rented homes in new developments by expensive “starter homes” to buy; gaping holes left in the budgets of council and housing association providers by the compulsory 1% year-on-year rent cuts and by deep Housing Benefit Cuts which leave thousands literally unable to pay their rent. Until these policies are reversed, many of those affected by domestic violence will continue to be denied the right to live free of fear and to make a new life for themselves and their children.

Library letter misses point

Ivan Kovaks, by email,

I see Nick Keer has not been to a library for over 20 years, apart from a community forum meeting,

However, clearly Mr Keer is only thinking of himself and his own situation and not that of others. His letter is littered with references to buying things . If you cannot afford to by the computer you could always use the free ones at the local library; but wait Mr Keer has closed them all!

I agree with him about keeping up with new developments, but for many, who unlike him, cannot afford to buy so much, can only find the place to keep up all this is in the local library.

A library is not just about books there are many other aspects such as club meetings and for many it is a social essential. These places are also used for many other community or hobby activities outside the regular opening hours.

He makes a good point about isolationism but for many, especially those less well off than him the place they go to avoid this is the local library. It looks like Mr Keer is advocating a technology induced isolationism and eventually becomes bereft of real human interaction.

It would be a tragedy

David Gregson, Dewsbury

In reply to Mr Nick Keer `no tragedy if library closes`.

The main point about being a `technophobe in this modern world` simply doesn’t work.

The fact is people do socialise, and go out shopping.There are still bookshops that are thriving.

Even using the technophobe argument, libraries are not just books are they? Many sadly have closed and many are facing closure but these resource centres offer a wide range of services to a wide variety of individuals and families.

Let’s name a few The conversation group run by volunteers and is a vital social link for people who are isolated, hildrens book clubs, facilities provided for a local mental health support group run by volunteers, one of which is my mother who is in her 80s.

The local elderly support groups like WISE and libraries have offered their facilities for charity fundraising. Some libraries offer their training rooms at discount rates for charities and social care providers. Internet access is provided for everyone with extra services like training and job searching for those many people who have lost their jobs and are in a desperate situation.

Working as a carer on minimum wage and paying council tax there are many local services I dont use but I know we have a duty to provide them. Mr Keer yes it would be a tragedy for all libraries to close.

Come out of isolation

Mike Weston, Morley

Sorry to see that Nick Keer admits to a potential life of isolation due to the Internet.

The simple answer would be to visit his local library. He will find real people having a great time. The Morley library is hosts to some of the Morley Arts Festival over the next two weeks. Other groups meet on a regular basis and this week the golden days group are supporting Macmillan cancer .

The children’s library is a delight and up stairs the Morley History group are in regular attendance. I’ve just collected two brand new books I ordered worth over £40 at nil cost to me

Please Nick come in and try some or all of your local libraries and spread your wings.

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