Reader’s letters - Friday, September 18

Tax credits are going to affect disabled people ' yet there was more publicity over the Labour leader not singing the national anthem, says a correspondent
Tax credits are going to affect disabled people ' yet there was more publicity over the Labour leader not singing the national anthem, says a correspondent

Priorities are wrong

This week the House Of Commons discussed the ending of tax credits, which is going to affect a lot of people very negatively.

Yet what is on all the front pages?

Corbyn not singing the National Anthem.

He has made clear his gratitude to the people who fought against fascism in the Second World War.

He doesn’t sing it because of his principles.

He’s been criticised for not wearing a red poppy but the pacifist white poppy – again a matter of principle and also because the red poppy has been appropriated by groups like EDL and BNP.

Good to see these papers have got their priorities right.

Tax credits cut?

Iain Duncan Smith demonising the disabled? There is little about these issues from what I’ve seen.

Only one national paper has taken the latter to task for his archaic attitudes.

T Maunder

Address supplied

Make strides by walking

A think-tank has warned that the NHS is suffering its ‘hardest decade ever’.

As our lives become more inactive, we are growing unhealthier and continuing to place a strain on our health service.

The focus needs to be on prevention.

An easy solution to our sedentary lifestyle is getting more people walking, yet last month’s National Travel Survey results revealed that over one in five people hadn’t walked for 20 minutes at all within the last year.

Walking is free, accessible to all and can be easily slotted into everyday life.

It is good for our mental health and can prevent chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

The Government Spending Review needs to focus on prevention measures as well as immediate NHS needs.

Most of us say we’d walk more if it was safer, more attractive or more convenient.

We need to make sure it is so that more people start walking and feeling the lifelong physical, social, mental and practical benefits it brings.

Dave Taylor

Regional Director North West Living Streets

Mixing bowl at the ready

I am writing to ask your readers to get their aprons on and their mixing bowls and teapots at the ready to bake a difference for people with epilepsy.

National Tea and Cake Break takes place on Friday, October 16.

The event raises money for national charity Epilepsy Action.

The charity supports the 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK.

National Tea and Cake Break brings bakers and brew-
lovers together all over the country.

There are all sorts of ways to get involved, from a cup of tea and a cupcake in your kitchen, to an office tea party or school bake sale.

You could even host your own bake-off and judge your friends’ creations.

Everyone who registers to hold a National Tea and Cake Break will receive a free pack bursting with hints, tips and tools to get their event off to a sweet start.

To register for a free tea break fundraising pack, visit epilepsy.org.uk/teabreak or call the fundraising events team on 0113 210 8824.

For more information and support about epilepsy, readers can call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 5050.

Michael White

Fundraising Events Officer

Epilepsy Action