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It was something of a surprise when Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles announced he was to find £100 million to help councils maintain some semblance of a weekly collection of domestic refuse.

It was something of a surprise when Secretary of State for Communities Eric Pickles announced he was to find £100 million to help councils maintain some semblance of a weekly collection of domestic refuse.

The Star warmly welcomed what everyone believed was going to be extra money, in Sheffield’s case around £1 million of the £200 million the city is having to find over the next three years because of cuts.

Leave aside the fact that this would only be a tiny contribution to the cost of maintaining weekly collections, Mr Pickles got the headlines he sought.

We now find this was all spin and no substance. There is no £100 million, there will be no extra money for Sheffield and the idea of helping councils who have no choice but to seriously consider fortnightly collections, has turned out like so many of the Government’s promises to have been binned.

David Blunkett MP

This was our best holiday

My husband and I have had many holidays, but none to beat the one to the Hotel Nettuno, in Diano Marina, in Italy, booked through yourselves.

The family-run hotel is small in size and big in hospitality. They couldn’t do enough for us. The all-inclusive claim meant just that.

We had such a wonderful time we would certainly go again.

Mrs P McKenna, S10