Letters, Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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Voters need honest facts

The referendum in 2017 will decide whether or not the United Kingdom retains its membership of the European Union.

 For years, many of the public have been brainwashed by all the propaganda on the subject. It’s therefore imperative for the authorities to issue some valid information to the potential voters. They should simplify these complex facts for the layman to absorb and question, before making a decision.

 My question would be about the dodgy banks and if the Government agrees with the prediction, made by a credit analyst, Frank Gill?

 He is employed by the only major credit agency still to rule Britain with the coveted triple-A, which means the UK pays less interest on its debt. However, Mr Gill warned he could downgrade the UK because of his concern that the referendum might produce an “Out vote”.

 He stated, banks are the main driver of foreign direct investment in Britain, which nearly half comes from the EU. He says an Out vote would encourage global banks to “tilt away from London”, in particular non-Euro banks who use London as a springboard into the single market. Furthermore, UK banks would lose the passport rights that allow them to trade in the European Economic Area.

 There are, of course, many more important issues that should be answered honestly by the Government before we take that decisive vote which, one way or another will decide Britain’s future.

W Quinn,

Recipe for disaster

It seems the Conservative Government has stooped to new lows by planning to scrap the child poverty act.

 Add to this the £12billion of welfare cuts, which include Working Tax Credits, the one thing that allows the poorest paid of society, mostly those in the North East of England, to actually survive in work, and we have a recipe for disaster.

 To say Cameron is proving to be a divisive Prime Minister is perhaps an understatement.

 Rather than incentivising people into jobs that patently do not exist, the Government is giving people a stark choice, suffer poverty in work, or on the dole.

D Thompson,

Collection costs high

I read the fly-tipping stories and the cost of clearing it up.

 Is anyone surprised? A few years ago you could have old fridges, mattresses and furniture taken away three times a year free. Then some bright spark decided to charge £15.

 From free to £15 is a lot of money. If they had started charging £5, I think most people would think that was reasonable, but £15 may be too much for people to pay, so that may be the reason for a lot of fly tipping.

Mrs L Lawson