Letter: Poor should not finance public debt

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Sir: So, 'to finance social security, every working person now pays, on average, over pounds 13 every working day' (report, 24 June). Perhaps Peter Lilley has not noticed that under a Conservative government unemployment has risen to almost three million.

In the same way as the Government must take responsibility for the recession which has cost these people their jobs, it must take responsibility for their welfare while they are unable to work.

Yours faithfully,