October 12: Conservative ‘assault’ on poverty will build on good work

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From: Coun Nick Allen (Conservative), Bessacarr Ward, Doncaster Council.

THE Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Party conference contained plenty of reasons to be cheerful (The Yorkshire Post, October 8) because there was good news for anyone interested in social justice and supporting people who work to help themselves, their families and their communities.

The all out ‘assault’ on poverty will build on the good work which has been carried out since 2010. This was successful because Conservative welfare policies concentrated on getting the long term unemployed into jobs and this helped reduced the number of people living in poverty.

Regarding welfare reform, social justice and poverty the Government inherited a nightmare’s worth of angst when it was elected in 2010. However a lot has been done to confront the well known and much discussed welfare crisis which was exacerbated by the previous Labour government’s refusal to curtail social problems like welfare dependency and lack of opportunity.

There will be a further cut in the amount people of people living in poverty because our economy is growing. This ought to lead to an improvement in the average standard of living. The Conservatives are pursuing this by cutting income tax, and the new National Living Wage will benefit hundreds of thousands of people across the UK. I am optimistic that the renewed focus on poverty reduction will help finish the job and it should free more people to lead decent and dignified lives.

From: Hilary Andrews, Nursery Lane, Leeds.

ONCE again, Jeremy Corbyn takes a step towards becoming totally unelectable as Labour Prime Minister. By refusing to kneel to the Queen to become a Member of the Privy Council, he must have lost the majority of ordinary Labour voters who truly respect Her Majesty and our country. We would not be safe economically, securely or as a united sovereign nation if he was ever to be in power. I’m sure that many of those who voted for him are regretting their decision to do so.

From: Terry Palmer, South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley.

DAVID Cameron has been listening to Nigel Farage if his, and the Home Secretary’s, speech on immigration were anything to go by. Yet they both forgot to mention that everything they spoke about would just not be allowed while we are still in the club they both worship – the EU (Bill Carmichael, The Yorkshire Post, October 9).