Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


01 OCT 2019

Autism

Thank you for contacting me about autism.

I know that autism is a condition which affects many people in very different ways. In recent times, great progress has been made in improving our understanding of autism but there is much more work to be done to improve diagnosis and support for individuals and their families.

I too, share your concerns that up to two thirds of those with autism do not receive the care they need. I can assure you the Liberal Democrats take this very seriously and will do everything we can to address this injustice.

We have a proud history of supporting autistic children and on campaigning on mental health issues and will continue to do so.

At the 2017 election, Liberal Democrats proposed that all future education policies should be accompanied by a report showing how they benefit SEND pupils. We also want to reduce the pressure that exams place on pupils by abolishing Key Stage 2 SATs and reforming Ofsted and league tables, so they do not focus narrowly on academic success. Pupil stress and Importance of promoting mental health in schools were also issues highlighted by the Health and Social Care Select Committee which I chair.

I cautiously welcome the recent announcement that the National Autism Strategy, first established in 2010, will be reviewed, and this was consulted on earlier this year.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-the-national-autism-strategy-think-autism-call-for-evidence

Thank you for inviting me to the National Autistic Society's event on Wednesday 13th November. I will try my best to attend the event.

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