Tax break better for the grey vote
Our esteemed deputy PM Nick Clegg proposes a "Rich Folks' Tax" to help less wealthy folk such as us senior citizens. Well now, what a silly idea!
We, the grey vote, who have paid for our retirement and managed to put something by find we are still taxed on so-called "unearned income".
Okay, my state pension is safe, but my civil service pension and a modest annuity and a nominal pension for six years part-time work at Tesco are treated as taxable income.
George Osborne also takes his cut from my small bank savings.
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Mr Clegg would get more support if he proposed a 100 per cent tax break for senior citizens of modest total income. This would let us retire in comfort and no longer be forced to carry on working.
He should remember the grey lobby has both a voice and thousands of votes, too.
John Burrows, Humberstone.
Keith Dickens's letter ("Who believes in list prices?", Mailbox, September 3) highlights how retailers can perfectly legally advertise their products as being heavily discounted when they are not.
A retailer can double the price of a product and put it on sale at that unrealistic price for 28 days then reduce it to its original price and quite legitimately claim the product is being offered at a 50 per cent discount.
It is not uncommon for dealers to not fully return to the original price. They can still claim the product is heavily discounted but in fact it has increased in price.
This price manipulation is perfectly legal and used throughout the retail industry. The onus is on the customer – caveat emptor.
Don Tallis, Wigston.
I would like to know how De Montfort University has got away with closing Mill Lane.
The extra traffic will no doubt make Jarrom Street busier than usual.
All so De Montfort can create a "green lung" for itself. I used to enjoy sitting in the Pump and Tap's beer garden – call it a "green lung" – another causality of the university.
Matt Allen, Wigston Magna.