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Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

I, and many others who are not consumed by apathy and are willing to complete Fenland District Council’s survey to determine where savings can be made, are at a complete disadvantage (intentional? or not) to give constructive answers – due to the fact that we are not privileged to the amounts allocated to each of the 19 choices available.

How then are we to evaluate which, if any, of these services represent value for money, and is therefore acceptable – or is something that could be undertaken by some other body or organisation?

For example, offering housing and accommodation advice.

FDC has relinquished its entire stock of social housing to a housing association (non profit making, 50% rent increase in 5 years?).

Should this service not be incorporated into Circle Housing’s remit?

Re: Different ways of working. One choice being making services pay for themselves, so that people who use the service pay for it.

This may well be true in some instances but anathema in others, too generalised a concept to comment upon.

All in all too little information to solve too big a dilemma, I fear.

Finally FDC states SOME of our main sources of funding has been reduced by 48% since 2010/2011, no mention of the remainder.

Has that reduced or been deviously increased?

As a consultation document it leaves much to be desired and appears to be a document that is designed solely to put the blame for any cuts on a gullible public who have unwittingly supported it.

Turkeys voting for Christmas springs to mind.

T Christie,



Request for photographs

I am acting on behalf of the authorities at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan South Korea, where more than 800 British servicemen are buried.

They wish to obtain photographs of servicemen interred there, and, also of those who died but have no known grave. The photographs will be placed in their records, and will also be displayed on the walls of the Cemetery Hall of Remembrance, for all time.

The following names are just a few of the young men from the East Anglia area who gave their lives in Korea: Fus. John Dockerill, Pte Francis W Holder, Capt John L Lane, Pte George H Overy, Fus John M Snare.

Capt David L Astley-Cooper, Fus Lionel W Goodwin, Tpr Donald R Veasey, Sig Warren Smith, Fus Alan S Mills, Pte Maurice A Bell, Fus Derek T Mack, Pte Herbert W Graveling, Pte Noel A Haynes, Sgt Sydney B Streather.

Any family who lost a loved one in the Korean War 1950-53 and wishes to take part can send the photograph to me, Brian Hough, 116 Fields Farm Rd, Hyde SK143NP, Cheshire. If more details are needed phone me on 0161 368 5622, mobile 07467 037742, or email bhough116@gmail.com

Brian Hough,

by email.

maintenance claims

Government cover-up?

Our government is covering up that up to 50% of claims are fraudulent; I’m concerned that the new child maintenance service are not properly investigating applicant claims and assisting fraud.

When a child reaches 16 years child maintenance ends – unless they go on to further education and, thus, it continues up to 20-years-old.

Unfortunately the applicant continues to claim child benefit after the child moves out, the CMS only check “child benefit” is being paid to justify maintenance is due.

They do not request the applicant to provide suitable evidence, like college paperwork! That’s why up to 50% of maintenance claims for children over 16 are fraudulent. If father and mother live at different ends of the country it increases the fraud potential.

The CMS are not carrying out suitable checks or investigations to justify their actions, it’s all monthly government targets and wage packet bonuses at head office Mitcheldean.

In one case the CMS refused to identify their complaints department contact and address details. This cover-up masks the fact that absent parents are subsidising the Conservatives’ cuts to child benefit.

Mark Burton,


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