Letter: Shropshire Star
England's elderly in the cold
Gas and electricity company n-Power is doing a tour of its offices with a portable "pensioners house" to give staff an insight into what it's like living in a cold house because you can't afford the heating bills.
The idea behind it is that staff will be more sympathetic with customers who have trouble paying their bills - very comendable, although knocking a few pounds off would help more.
With winter fast approaching and the promise of a cold snap in the next couple of weeks, there are bound to be a fair number of pensioners worrying about how they are going to pay their heating bills this year.
Not in Scotland though. The Scottish Executive is paying for every Scottish pensioner to have central heating fitted free of charge.
How can they do this? Because they have their own parliament.
Meanwhile 2.2 million English pensioners live below the poverty line.
There is nobody to speak up for England. We make up 85 per cent of the population of the UK yet we are the only part of the UK and the EU with no direct political representation. We can't rely on our neighbours to look after us. We need an English Parliament now.