Priorities all wrong over children’s breakfasts

Regarding Blackpool Council providing breakfast at school because parents cannot either afford to or cannot get up.

There is something fundamentally wrong that, in this day and age of benefits families now enjoy, they say they cannot afford to feed their children.

Children are going to school saying they are hungry. They get far more benefits now. These parents have these children they must take responsibility for them and not expect the state to keep providing. What are these benefits going on? I suppose these parents still purchase cigarettes, have all singing and dancing mobile phones, the latest large screen TV, Sky, and children have the usual XBoxes etc. The truth is these families have been propped up by the state with all these benefits, housing benefits, council tax benefits, child tax credits, child benefits, single parent benefits and yet they still cannot manage their finances. How would they have coped during the war years, no such benefits and yet they managed to provide for their children and feed them.

In 1968 if you had one child you never got child benefit.

I myself know what it was to manage when at the time my husband aged 32 years died. I had a child aged six, I didn’t get child benefit, no child tax credits at that time no working tax credits.

I went to work to bring up my son, all I got was a widow’s pension and £11.75 which was my wage at the time. The last Labour government has a lot to answer for. They have made a lazy nation where they don’t want to work because they get more on benefits.

This is why our country is in a state and the Tory and Liberals are having to take such drastic measures to get the country back on its feet.

Mrs M Fazakerley

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Membership of EU is a plus for UK

A few months ago, politicians, press and financial experts, were predicting the imminent collapse and demise of the euro.

No doubt many of these people were the same ‘experts’ who failed to predict the global collapse of the banking and finance sector. Imagine an independent country a few years ago faced with similar money market pressures, it would have found it difficult if not impossible to withstand the market. As far as I am concerned, one undeniable success of the euro, even though the UK is not party to it, is that for the first time in my life I can compare living standards in most of the rest of Europe. Remember all those different currencies, with hugely differing rates of exchange?

Now I can compare, salaries, pensions, rents, property prices, staple food prices, as well as other goods, and how well they stack up in comparison to the services and goods we receive and pay for in this country. My comments may well go down like a lead balloon given the current anti-EU feeling that has been stirred up.

However, if even only one aspect of what I believe is a distinct benefit of the EU is correct, then it may well be other factors would benefit from reasonable and intelligent consideration of them.

Denis Lee, Ashton