Readers' letters - July 3

A correspondent writes about the importance of post offices
A correspondent writes about the importance of post offices

Support your local post office as cashpoints vanish

It’s been announced that thousands more bank branch closures may take place in the UK and, according to the consumer magazine Which?, there is to be a reduction in the number of cashpoints, particularly those installed inside stores on our high streets, which will further impact on the footfall of local businesses.
This makes it even more necessary to support our local post offices which, in my opinion, are one of the finest institutions that we have in the UK.
You can access your high street bank account at any Post Office branch in the country.
And always remember, if you don’t want to lose it, use it!
John Appleyard
via email

Cyclists should look after themselves

Drivers are currently being urged to take more care when overtaking cyclists, and an interviewee on the Radio 4 PM Programme on June 29, when supporting the idea, referred to them as being less protected than motorists.
Some cyclists are looking for trouble by their own
Yesterday, on a country road, I saw a cyclist wearing only shorts – no top, no protective helmet – holding on to his handlebar with only his right hand as he was holding a mobile phone to his left ear with his left hand. He seemed to be oblivious to other road users.
If cyclists want to be taken seriously as road users, they should look after themselves, as well as expecting drivers to look out for their wellbeing.
I am firmly of the opinion that all cyclists should have insurance and their cycles should have clearly visible identifying registration numbers.
My views on cyclists who ride on pavements are not printable in a family newspaper...
Elisabeth Baker
Address supplied

Welcome news for sufferers

After pressure from charities, The British Polio Fellowship welcomes news the government has changed the rules, so ten years between PIP assessments will apply to more people with disabilities, together with a promise that reassessment will be a ‘light touch’ review.
PIP applications are stressful enough, without having them every two years.
If you live with Post Polio Syndrome, a neurological condition affecting 120,000 nationally, with no cure, it will not improve in two years.
Is it effective use of taxpayers’ money to fund regular reassessments to see if Polio-paralysed limbs have miraculously regained movement?
This change will only apply to those on the highest levels of PIP anyway, which leaves many of our members no better off.
With assessors reportedly ignorant of even very well-known conditions like Parkinson’s, imagine how much harder it is for those with PPS to get a fair hearing.
Fundamental change is required to a system not serving those who rely on it, or taxpayers who fund it.
The Government should work with disabled groups and charities and not against us. With a bit of common sense, perhaps we can all see a brighter tomorrow. The British Polio Fellowship continues to help those with PPS live independent lives for longer. If you need our support, call us on 0800 043 1935 or visit
David Mitchell
National Chairman
The British Polio Fellowship

Earning a living

If consumers keep on using self-service tills – and start using other automated technology such as driverless cars – and companies keep on replacing people with machines, how will future generations earn a living?
Molly Clare
Address supplied