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.


02 NOV 2017

Positive Money Campaign

Thank you for taking the time to email me about monetary policy and the Positive Money campaign.

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

Monetary policy is a matter for the independent Bank of England and the Bank's 2 per cent inflation target is a cornerstone of the UK's financial stability and continued prosperity.
Inequality has actually been falling in recent years, with the latest data from the Office for National Statistics showing it to be at its lowest level for 30 years. Thanks to a strong economy, and reforms such as the introduction of the National Living Wage, the lowest paid have seen their pay go up by the most in recent years.
It is understood there are concerns about uncertainty around Brexit, which is why the Government is seeking to provide clarity for businesses and consumers as it negotiates for withdrawal from the European Union. The Bank of England has also been clear that the potential impacts of Brexit are fully considered when setting monetary policy.
The Treasury Select Committee did in fact take evidence from the Bank of England on 17th October, including from the Governor.

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