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In your recent article you reported that the council had reacted angrily to the Government’s air quality plans. Jack Scott, the council’s cabinet member for sustainability, had told you: “Air quality is a public health emergency.”

As ever, we have fire and eloquence from Jack but no substance. Over the past 10 years or so of Labour administration in Sheffield we have seen no measurable improvement in air quality and not one significant initiative. It is not all because of central government cuts.

If Jack was as good as his word we would have seen green barriers at key schools or at least the council would have identified those schools and set up meetings with governors to address the problem.

Given that the air quality at Sheffield station is so appalling, if he was as good as his word, he would have convened crisis meetings with the railways, the taxi people, public health, the unions and the station traders and he would have launched a public information onslaught to get people to demand action.

Why has he not done these things? – I think we should be told!

Ted Gunby

Grove Road, Millhouses, Sheffield, S7

Accepting Remainers

If there is one group of people I cannot understand it is “accepting Remainers”, those who now seem to be backing Brexit, even though they didn’t vote for it and don’t believe in it.

While I might disagree with those who campaigned for Brexit, they have as much right to their opinions as I have to mine and they do, at least, have the strength of their convictions.

Why is the 2016 referendum result, which produced only a small simple majority win of less than 4 per cent for “leave”, based upon a myth about £350 million a week (that never went to the EU) being invested in the NHS, being regarded as sacrosanct, in a way in which the outcome of a General Election would not be? Do these parties, and their supporters, who failed to attract sufficient votes in this summer’s national Parliamentary poll, have to “accept” Government policy as “the will of the people” and go along with it?

Of course they don’t. Without any credible opposition to those in power, we would not have a functioning democratic system. And democracy in this nation did not end on June 23, 2016.

Since the referendum, the pound has declined significantly in value, increasing the price of imports and holidays, thereby making British families comparatively worse off.

The Governor of the Bank of England recently predicted lower living standards in the UK than would otherwise have been the case for the foreseeable future.

This will mostly affect the younger generation, including those who were under 18 and therefore unable to vote in 2016.

So much for “taking back control”. There is nothing patriotic about imposing unnecessary hardship on your fellow countrymen, including your own kith and kin, in pursuit of some misplaced ideology.

Apparently, some 61 per cent of Brexit voters would be prepared to see the UK take a major economic hit, so long as it means leaving Europe. I am not so sure.

Will they be wrapping themselves in a Union Jack and singing Rule Britannia when the bailiffs come to evict them from their homes after they have lost their jobs? I suspect not.

To quote Brexit Secretary David Davis in 2012: “If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy.”

Well said, Mr Davis.

NP Johnson

by email

Rewarding hard work

Day in and day out in your local care homes, community services or in people’s homes social care workers are supporting adults who access care and support services and that’s why the Skills for Care Accolades were created to reward their hard work and dedication.

Skills for Care needs your help to persuade employers who may be supporting you, your family or someone like you to enter the Accolades that reward excellence in developing the skills and knowledge of their workforce.

Many people are not aware that 1.48 million people work in adult social care and the Accolades is designed to recognise the work they do that change people’s lives. So please talk to your care provider to make sure that they know they can enter. You may be a care manager or worker who thinks your own service should enter because you know just how good it is.

All entries are made online and all potential entrants have to go to www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Accolades to fill in the entry form by Thursday, September 21 to enter one of the 10 categories. The much coveted Accolade trophies are presented to the winners at a national awards ceremony in London next year.

All too often we only hear about poor services but the Accolades awards reward outstanding care provision in your community so please talk to your provider today so they can get their chance to shine at the Accolades awards.

Sharon Allen OBE

CEO, Skills for Care

Tasers and terrorism

Following recent developments in Barcelona isn’t it becoming clearer that the Police Federation’s view that all frontline staff be trained and issued with tasers is one that must be heeded?

I wonder what Dr Alan Billings’ view is on this?

Ron Clayton

S6

Physically repulsed

Wrong, wrong, wrong on all counts, Stephen Rose escapes a jail sentence even though he admitted downloading vile pornography of children of four years old being abused.

He was convicted in 2002 of having indecent images of children and wasn’t jailed then either. I feel physically repulsed that these disgusting creatures are roaming free. He’s suffering from depression, poor man what are these young kids going to be suffering from in years to come after being abused so morons like Stephen Rose can get their kicks. They want to build a prison to house all these maniacs and keep them away from normal people forever.

Jayne Grayson

by email

Was she lying?

Theresa May promised before the 2017 general election, “I will cap energy bills if elected.” She was, but, surprise, surprise, energy bills are increasing, as gas bills have recently. Was Mrs May lying to the electorate?

S Ellis

S65

Before it’s too late

Why doesn’t Mr Carvalhal listen to the sound advice of John Bull and put young George Hirst into the first- team squad, so he can show Mr Carvalhal and his multi-million-pound signings how to put a ball through the sticks before it’s too late.

J Bull

S5