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.

13 APR 2018

Measure Hunger

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about food poverty and measuring hunger.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is of interest:

This is a serious issue, with some of the country's poorest families struggling to afford to feed themselves. It is vital to do everything possible to help people with the cost of living.
Ministers are working hard to improve competition to help producers and retailers offer the best prices. There is a range of policies to promote a growing, sustainable food and farming sector and keep prices down. The Government is also working to promote transparency and openness in global markets.
Food banks provide an incredibly valuable service, and people visit them for a variety of reasons and it is of course highly undesirable that anybody should be in a position where they feel the need to do so.
The welfare system supports millions of people who are on low incomes or unemployed, so nobody has to struggle to meet their basic needs, the surest route out of poverty is work. The Government is dedicated to building an economy that works for everyone, and has overseen falls in unemployment, record numbers of jobs, pay cheques rising faster than inflation and income tax cut so that working people keep more of what they earn.

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