Gather winter fuel payments for hard-hit families | Brief letters

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All pensioners (including me) will soon receive a £200 payment towards winter heating bills. Why can’t the payments be made only to those who receive pension credits, and the money saved put towards helping those families on universal credit?
Peter Rainer
Pen-y-cae, Wrexham

• Boris Johnson describing Keir Starmer as a “seriously rattled bus conductor” in his speech (Rich in puns, light on policy: key motifs in Boris Johnson’s speech, 6 October) tells us something about the last time Johnson travelled on a bus.
Ian Saville

• More than 20 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the 80-year-old Denis Healey at his home in Alfriston. He told me that, while in the job of chancellor of the exchequer, he was still paying off his mortgage. I wonder which chancellor was more in touch with the hopes and aspirations of working people – for all Rishi Sunak’s protestations of empathy.
Bruno Schrecker

• Regarding the great “uni” controversy (Letters, 3 October), when I became an undergraduate in 1961 no one used the term. But my auntie, in possession of an Edinburgh accent that would not have disgraced Miss Jean Brodie, insisted on referring to my new location as “the varsity”.
Andrew Tudor
Dalmally, Argyll and Bute

• Are wool gaberdine trousers (Letters, 5 October) still available? If they last 60 years they sound just the thing.
Stephen Hackett
Salisbury, Wiltshire

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