Dear Editor, I have just received The Learning Directory through my letterbox.

This has 82 pages. The page size is 11” by 8”. It is on glossy paper, with numerous pictures.

It seems possible to me that each item might cost £1. At a very rough guess of about 600,000 houses and apartments in Birmingham plus delivery costs it might amount to an expenditure of well over £500,000.

This is largely wasted. Most people who receive it have no use for it.

If you really must promulgate such information, then at the very least you should deliver only a pre-paid postcard to every address so that if people want this “leaflet” as it is called (although it is more like a magazine) then people can fill in their address and put it in the letter box.

I am amazed that in this time when huge amounts of national debt have been accumulated by a profligate government that a local authority continues to spend money as if we, the council taxpayers, are all rich people. We are not.

D Crofts