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Byline: Fiona Phillips

HEAR, hear Fiona on your comments about the need to means-test certain benefits. We live in social housing and struggle on a means-tested income.

Recently, I was waiting my turn in the post office queue. The obviously very 'well-off' mum in front of me was collecting her child benefits and was off to town to go shopping and spoil herself!

Another handout which should be addressed is the winter fuel allowance for old-age pensioners.

Many of the better-off pensioners in my area use their allowance for foreign holidays, and a neighbour of ours was using his to buy a second-hand car.

Bernadette Jones Banbury, Oxon

THANK God for people like you and Tony Parsons who, despite being in better positions than most people, are still in touch, so to speak.

It is wrong for those very well-paid persons not to be means-tested to some degree as most of the benefits they obtain are just so much loose change to them.

David Priestley, Leicester

FIONA, I could not agree more with your proposition to means-test child benefit for those people who receive pounds 100,000 a year.

Do you know that those over 60, with considerable savings and a second home in the sun, also receive the pounds 250 winter fuel allowance?

John, by email

FIONA, I agree with you about family allowance. And there are other benefits, too. I recently received an extra pounds 60 Christmas bonus and would have qualified for that even if it had been means tested.

The truth is I didn't need it, but where do you stop?

Sirs Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger can both claim retirement pensions and their free bus passes.

Pete Walsh, by email
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2009
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