Letters: Do I have to go to prison in order to get a job?

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I just watched the Victoria Derbyshire show about prisoners getting jobs. This is disgusting; do I have to go to prison in order to get a job?

I graduated in 2007 with a 2.1 degree in Health and Human Sciences and since my degree, I have not been able to get a job. I had six months as a speech and language therapist in 2011. I applied for hundreds of jobs and only had two interviews, one of those interviews was for data input at the Rotherham Hospital I was devastated when I did not get that job.

My husband has also struggled to get a job; in 2009 my husband applied for over 200 jobs and did not get one of them. Since then he has lost count of the number of jobs he has applied for, and he is still looking for work.

I realised prisoners needs help, but so do we. We did nothing wrong and we are forgotten about.

Why does Britain reward criminals, violent offenders, paedophiles, white-collar crimes, terrorists? Yet the government is getting rid of Windrush people.

Britain’s wealth was built on black backs. Windrush is a scandal of forgetting. My husband and I are saddened by the reports of black Britons, who are still being treated so cavalierly by the establishment. Because of the Windrush disaster, many have been separated from family and loved ones, forced out of work, often for years; some are sleeping rough. Black Britains are still second class citizens.

Why does the British government safeguard criminals, they should be helping and supporting those of us who are law-abiding and just want a job to survive.

Glenna Lynch

By email

A massive contribution to our environment.

Congratulations to the Sheffield Telegraph and David Bocking for at last giving the people of Sheffield a balanced article on the city’s tree replacement programme and how “vital it is, in the face of disease and the lack of diversity in species” to see it through.

The only thing the article needed was one more picture showing someone trying to negotiate a pram or wheelchair past these huge highway trees and their roots.

In 2006/7 an independent tree survey found 75 per centof Sheffield’s Highway trees were either mature or over mature and there was a genuine concern of there being a catastrophic decline in trees in the future and at a time when funding would not be available to replace them.

Of the 36,000 Highway trees 6,000 were identified as needing replacement and much of this work has been carried out over the past six years, now leaving fewer than 300 to be replaced.

The city have planted 60,000 new trees creating 20 new woodlands in the last two years. This is in addition to replacing trees identified under the current contract. We are planting another 600 trees to partially address some of the 984 trees felled from 2008 to 2011 when no replacements were planted.

We are the only city to have converted every street light to LED lighting lamps.

We have relaid over 1,450 miles of pavements making it much better for our elderly, disabled, partially sighted and pram pushers. We have relaid over 693 miles of road, replaced 3,200 gullies and drains and improved 300 bridges and structures. This is an impressive record and while other cities are currently squealing to the Government pleading for help with their pothole problems, Sheffield tackled ours by introducing a comprehensive programme of modernising the highways infrastructure – all our roads, pavements street lighting, drains and the trees, six years ago and we are a better city for it

Councillor Peter Price

Shirgreen/Brightside Ward

Possible to merge these ‘no deal’ solutions?

Brexit negotiations are stuck due to the Irish border.

The EU won’t accept anything that undermines the integrity of the Single Market. The only solution they will accept currently is one that undermines the integrity of the UK market.

Their solution would require an EU border across the UK, between Northern Ireland and the mainland. This would mean expensive EU checks on some goods that simply move around the UK and possibly EU tariffs on these goods as well.

I think the impasse can be resolved. Both sides should say how they would deal with the Irish border if there was no Brexit deal.

Each side would need to arrive at a solution that satisfied themselves at least. And each solution would have to work without cooperation from the other. They would be ‘no deal’ solutions after all.

It should be possible to merge these ‘no deal’ solutions or simply put them side by side. Then the negotiations would be able to move on to other matters.

Michael Andrews

Sheffield 11

Now that would inspire me ‘beyond measure’

I was angered by the response from Libby Nicholas (executive of Astrea Academy Trust), to your debate ‘What can be done to help ease funding crisis in city schools?’ (June 7).

Ms Nicholas used her response to advocate that schools should join academy trusts such as her own and based this on their power to bulk buy and so reduce costs. Her response read very much like a self-serving advert, and included a galling, token reference, to the futility of wishing for a ‘magic money tree’. The money is there, we raise it in taxes.

The break-up of state- controlled education into academies, faith schools, free schools etc has had a negative affect on the equality of opportunity that most people want from state education. If bulk buying is her suggested answer, then perhaps we should encourage all schools to band together under one central system and let them be run by Local Education Authorities to ensure that there is greater equality of provision nationally. Now that would inspire me ‘beyond measure’!

Dave Clay

Brighton Terrace Road, Crookes