How Tories have topped poll tax
Jeremy Hunt's opening statement on capping care costs said it all – he wants to protect the inheritance of the children of older people.
I had hoped caring for them in old age might have been a more reasonable opening statement and policy.
As it is, we now have one of the most regressive taxes ever dreamed up by the Conservative Party, beating even the poll tax: if your assets are less than £75,000 you lose the lot – whereas a £1 million estate will only pay at a rate of 7.5per cent for care in old age.
Eric Goodyer, Colsterworth.
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What an excellent idea to chip all dogs.
However, a better penalty for finding a dog not chipped would be to take it away from the owner.
On the Isle of Capri, all dogs have a chip and their DNA taken. Any resulting poo and the owner gets at 1,000 euro fine. It would be a good idea to do this at the same time, as Wigston is already becoming one big dogs' toilet.
Michael G Phillips, Wigston.
I am writing about the closure of Hunters Lodge medical practice, Leicester Forest East.
I knew nothing about the closure until seeing it in the press last week.
As I understand it, no patient has yet received any letter from the primary care trust informing us about what is happening .
I have tried to register with another practice, but am unable to do so until the PCT has agreed the surgeries are allowed to increase their numbers. The situation will put immense pressure on the surrounding medical practices.
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In reply to Phil Rowe ("Call to doctors was so costly", Mailbox, February 9). If you have access to a computer, visit the website below and enter the 08 number.
If available, it will give you the 01 number which you can then use on your landline package.
Fred Walker, Thurmaston.