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.

14 MAY 2018

Carers Allowance

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the fact that you cannot usually get Carer's Allowance if you receive the State Pension.

I understand your concern on this matter and the Health Select Committee, which I chair, is currently looking at the whole issue of funding for social care and that will include looking at the German system where family carers can receive extra benefits for care provided at home.

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