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GUEST BLOG: Chesterfield Resident, Charles R. Smith MBE

Dear Editor,
During my 96 years I have heard many new Prime Ministers making promises on what they will do. Theresa May claims she will look after the working class. I shall test this by her actions.
First; many workers get no pensions or sick pay from their employers. I have a friend who was made redundant as a project manager and rather than be unemployed went back on the tools some years ago. I have known him 22 years and until last month he’d only had two days off sick. Following an operation he has to be off work for 6 weeks with only state sickness benefit. What will Theresa May do about this?
Secondly; hundreds of thousands of employees can work only part time because of their responsibilities for children, disabled relatives or the elderly. They are unable to earn more than the £11000 tax free income but like the rest of us have been paying and extra 2.5 pence in the £ on VAT imposed in 2010.
Thirdly; university students from the poorest families who got their degrees this year have student debts of about £55000 and while the bank rate has gone down to 0.25%, the interest on the loan has been increased to 4.2%, increasing the debt by £200 a month. This is a treadmill which Theresa May should stop.

Yours sincerely,
Charles R Smith MBE

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