Readers’ letters - October 6

'Foolish policies' and wasting taxpayers' money on Trident ' instead of the poor ' will increase poverty. See letter
'Foolish policies' and wasting taxpayers' money on Trident ' instead of the poor ' will increase poverty. See letter

Poor being ignored

According to the latest reports, over 100,000 children in Britain are homeless and having to live in temporary accommodation with their parents.

This is a shocking statistic in one of the world’s wealthiest nations! No doubt most, if not all, of these families are also dependent on food bank handouts for their meagre existence. Meanwhile the Government is to spend billions of pounds replacing the Trident nuclear missile defence system. A total waste of taxpayer’s money!

In addition, the Government totally ignores the plight of these destitute families by relaxing planning regulations, thereby enabling developers to build houses for sale more or less wherever they like.

Such housebuilding is not what is required – most needed is low rent housing to address the needs of the homeless and low paid.

Also, the fools in Westminster plan to worsen the chronic housing crisis by compelling both councils and Housing Associations to sell off some of their low-cost social housing stock. Such a foolish policy will only make matters worse and hasten the return in Britain of Rachman-style private landlords so prevalent in the 1950s and 1960s.

Dr Glyn Powell BA via email

Changes are not exciting

I see that Camelot is again changing the format of the National Lottery (Lotto) and adding an extra 10 numbers. This after it doubled the ticket price not long ago. Of course it is calling it an “exciting” change and trumpeting messages to try to make our mouths water. It says “More chances to become a millionaire” and “Your overall odds of winning a prize will improve from 1:54 to just 1:9”.

I have always had an interest in statistics and figures and it didn’t take me long to see through this.

It is adding an extra £1m prize to each draw and now including a prize of a free lucky-dip worth £2 for any player getting just two numbers (with no cash equivalent).

This is the basis of its “More chances to become a millionaire”. Winning a £2 ticket from a stake of £2 is not a win to me – it is just getting your stake back. It is these millions of £2 (extra ticket) winners that will justify its claim that the odds of winning have dropped from 1:54 to 1:9.

The odds against winning will increase as follows. Three numbers changes from 1 in 57 to 1 in 97. Four numbers changes from 1 in 1,033 to 1 in 2,180. Five numbers changes from 1 in 55,491 to 1 in 144,415.

It hasn’t taken Camelot long to claw back the increase to £25 for three numbers when they doubled the ticket-price to £2. These changes are definitely not exciting for me or anyone else who plays the lottery. The lottery has descended into a money-grabbing outfit.

Mr S B Oliver

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Making extra hour count

For many people, when the clocks go back, it means an extra hour in bed.

But for those caring for a seriously ill child, that seemingly throwaway hour is incredibly precious.

I am calling on people across the country to use their extra hour when the clocks go back on October 25.

They can make a difference to families with a seriously ill child by backing Rainbow Trust’s Big Hour campaign.

Get your family, friends and colleagues involved in a teddy bear’s picnic, bake sale, round of golf or any activity that lasts just 60 minutes. They can make some lasting memories with those who matter while raising some much needed money for families in need.

The campaign runs from October 19 to 25.

Rainbow Trust provides emotional and practical support for families with a life-threatened or terminally-ill child. For more information or to register your event visit www.rainbowtrust.org.uk/bighour or call 01372 220013.

Time is precious, make it count.

Dominic West

Actor