Feel let down by the council

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ONCE more hard working people who have provided for themselves in later years will be penalised by plans to slap huge charges on those who receive care services from the city council.

These increases could treble the contribution of recipients, rising from £114 to a bank book-sapping £350 a week.

And anyone who has put aside some money for a rainy day will have to pay up while those on benefits will be cushioned from the effects.

That is the reality of means testing which will be vigorously implemented to make sure that those who can pay do not escape the impact of paying the cost of the care they desperately need.

Those affected are among the most vulnerable and will have looked to the city council, which many supported during their working lives, as their last hope for support while trying to maintain the last vestiges of independence.

They have a right to feel let down by this development.

Plenty of help for A-level students

YOUNGSTERS and their families are growing increasingly nervous as they prepare to learn their A-level results.

No doubt there will be much to celebrate as students prepare for the next phase in their lives at university. But there will be some who have not managed to pick up the marks they need to open the door of higher education.

However, it is not the end of the world and we hope that parents will be as supportive as their youngsters need in these trying moments.

A-level exams pose a demanding regime on students and the first thing we all ought to be doing is to recognise the hard work all students have invested over the last two years.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of options and lots of advice to help youngsters plot out the next few years of their life. We advise anyone who is uncertain what steps to take next to seek out this advice and to realise that they are not alone in these trying moments.

John was a hero

THE word ‘hero’ is often over-used when we talk about our service men and women these days. But it is a word which surely is most appropriate when used in the context of Sheffield man John Gagg, who has just died.

During the Second World War he piloted bombers in daring raids over enemy territory under circumstances that proved too testing for many of his brothers in arms. They didn’t return.

John managed to survive the tribulations and trials of his wartime experience, though he modestly brushed aside his contribution to victory. His family have his logbooks to acquaint themselves with the danger that was John’s constant companion - and to assure the rest of us that here was a true hero.