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I READ Alf Young’s piece on welfare cuts (Perspective, 6 April) with interest, even though Mr Young is Unionist to his core and never misses a chance to ­attack the SNP.

Setting aside, as Mr Young does, the long-term effects of the iniquitous policies of social engineering such as the “bedroom tax”, and the attack on the provision for the disabled, which will disproportionately harm some of the most vulnerable, there is a flaw in his argument.

It is that Mr Young relies heavily on data issued by the Office for Budget Responsibility. It begs the question, is Alf Young the last economics and business commentator standing who actually has complete faith in the pronouncements of the OBR? Or does their work merely suit the political posture of his writing?

Douglas Turner

Derby Street