I AM so mad at the way this Tory government and its cruel austerity has started to affect me and so many others like me.

I wonder whether the NHS in its dire situation could give some money to the council’s gritting dept. Surely the NHS would then have fewer broken limbs etc to deal with in the long term and therefore save money and beds.

The weather these last few weeks has been severe so careful steps are needed to avoid slipping on the icy paths. I’m only asking for a little grit when it’s dangerous to walk safely. I have a stick and two bad hips, but there are loads of folk worse off I know.

How does the Government get away with it?

D Metcalfe, Newton Aycliffe