Following my Dear Gordon post yesterday I received a comment from Sandwell Councillor Bob Piper. I get very few comments and usually I am prepared to publish unless of course it is offensive. In this case though I have to make an exception. The comment in my view contained inaccuracies which were probably typo errors but nevertheless inaccurate. The starting rate for £120 refund as I understand it depends on your marital status and is in the region of £12000 for a single parent and £9500 for a married earner. Of course I would not expect someone on a salary of £40000 to be given a refund of £120 and shame on you for suggesting it. The other issues you mention for older people are crumbs from the table and the Xmas bonus is £10 which as remained the same since Maggie introduced it. The reference to pensioners being given help with insulation etc is quite true but in his first budget Alistair Darling cut the funding for this scheme.
Bob if you would like to correct the errors I will be glad to publish your complaint.
I think I might make these Dear Gordon letters a regular feature. Seems I hit a tender spot.