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.

03 APR 2018

Child Benefit

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the Child Benefit freeze.

I understand your concern on this matter and I hope the following information on this topic from the Treasury is reassuring:

At a time when the Government has to reduce welfare spending, tough choices have to be taken. The scale of the deficit in 2010, as well as the alarming rise in the welfare budget, made taking control of the welfare bill a priority.
To this end, the Government announced that the rates of certain working-age benefits, will be frozen at their 2015/16 levels for four years up to 2019/20. The Government has carefully considered the impact of these reforms. They are part of a broader array of measures designed to rebalance the welfare state to more effectively focus support on the vulnerable.
Together with other welfare reforms, changes to Child Benefit will mean that the welfare system is there for people who need it; a system where work pays, and one that the country can afford. This can be done while continuing to reduce the deficit, so future generations are not simply burdened with our debts.

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