Don’t play political ping pong with livelihoods

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I am responding to your “editorial” where you rightly highlight the unfairness of government cuts where it is now established that Wigan has now received the third largest cut in government support in the country.

Your editorial indicates that you may believe the harshness and unfairness of the cuts may have something to do with the political persuasion of Wigan Council. There may be some truth in what your editorial says and if this is true, it compounds my belief that this Conservative/Lib Dem Coalition does indeed conduct its business in a cruel and vindictive manner.

However, I am in no doubt that for Wigan Labour councillors to compare senior Conservative government ministers to those of the Nazis, in a recent formal Council meeting, will not help matters, when a vindictive government decides the distribution of its resources.

I do not agree with your comment in “OurView” that Wigan Council “avoids headlines and go about its business in a quiet and dignified manner”. It is clearly inappropriate to compare anyone who have been democratically elected to government to those of the “Nazis”. Politics of the gutter and political ping-pong is clearly wrong when people’s jobs, services and livelihoods are at risk.

Michael Moulding

Deputy Leader

Community Action Party,

Don’t leave a blind person in the cold

With the chill of winter upon us, Action for Blind People is urging local people to spare a thought for residents with sight loss.

Many blind and partially sighted people find it difficult to get out and about on their own; particularly in crowded places, when it’s frosty and hazardous under foot, and when there’s less daylight and shorter days. They can’t see the obstacles and dangers ahead of them.

We are encouraging anyone who has a blind or partially sighted neighbour to help make sure they’re not left isolated by the cold weather. The majority of people with sight loss are elderly and are particularly vulnerable. You can help by:

Contacting visually impaired neighbours to make sure they’re okay.

Offering to help them get out and about – perhaps driving them into town or helping them use public transport.

Being their sighted guide – walking with them around shops or on short journeys to friends or to their place of work.

Guiding them around icy and slippery surfaces, if it’s frosty or snowing.

Simply giving them your phone number in case of emergencies.

Action for Blind People provides a range of services for local visually impaired people of all ages; from confidence building, to employment and welfare guidance, and how to make the most of technology to help them live independently.

But if blind and partially sighted people are struggling to get out because of the winter weather, they might also need some neighbourly support. Your help could be a real lifeline. Don’t leave blind people in the cold! For more information about our local services: www.actionforblind

Jenny Lloyd

Action for Blind People

5th Floor, Orbit House

Albert Street, Eccles, M30 0BL