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Letter of the week

PUBLISHED: 10:48 01 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 05 July 2010

THE Prime Minister says drastic situations call for drastic measures.

I agree, but propping up the very institutions that have failed society so miserably is not the way forward.

THE Prime Minister says drastic situations call for drastic measures.

I agree, but propping up the very institutions that have failed society so miserably is not the way forward.

We need houses and jobs urgently.

I suggest that the billions earmarked for bailing out the banks should be put into a housing fund under public control. This could then be used to finance building projects, buy land for development, help those in danger of losing their homes, provide no-deposit loans for those in needs of homes who are otherwise unable to buy, and to provide homes for rent also.

And if we are serious about climate change there should be an obligation on builders to incorporate solar heating panels in all new-build housing and to provide individual wind turbines for each also.

Manufacture of these two items would provide many jobs and mass production would reduce the price sufficiently to encourage existing home owners to similarly take advantage of sustainable energy.

There are other areas of the economy, which need close examination, that exacerbate the current difficulties, but the measures suggested could surely be taken with the minimal delay.

D J GOWER

Elm Tree Road

Lowestoft

This wins our Letter of the Week Award and the writer will receive a bouquet courtesy of Sansom's Florists.

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