Although they have been told it is essential for them to keep warm they can't afford the fuel. Neither can they afford fresh fruit nor many other healthy foods that we take for granted.
The full letter is here.
On the following day there was a reply from someone who lived here:
I also feel angry and want to do something for this family and others like them.
I could send a cheque - but they wouldn't want that because it would be charity.
Why can't my taxes be used to keep them warm and well fed?
I don't want my taxes to be used:
X: for Bombing civilians
X: for Flying worthless princes to stag nights
X: for Paying MP's expenses
X: or for Encouraging rampant pensioners to go gallivanting up and down from Land's End to John O'Groats and paying not one single penny.
I want to help people who are cold and poor and ill or need to care for sick children or relatives.
If Gordon really needs more tax to care for us all let him take it from those who can afford it - me included.
And I shall slap the next person who says " I'm not really interested in politics".
Labels: Poverty in Britain 2008