Letter: Budget losers

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Sir: The Hallett's total weekly income appears to be about pounds 314 (allowing pounds 28 per week from dividends) yet they claim to be badly done by ("Some savings - but more were needed").

Their "outgoings are minimal" and they "can live and eat". What do they eat, lobster and caviar? They can "pay electricity and gas bills", everything on full blast 24 hours a day? Perhaps if they cut down on their extravagant lifestyle they could repair the house and buy a new TV.

There are many families with both children and maximum outgoings living on the Hallett's income. The truth is that the Halletts, like many others with a more-than-adequate pension, are just plain greedy and expect people that work to fund a pre-retirement lifestyle.

D E BUCKLEY

Knaresborough,

North Yorkshire

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