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.

23 OCT 2018

Public Pay

Thank you for taking the time to email me about public sector pay.

I hope the following information on this topic from the Treasury is of interest:

Our dedicated public sector workers deserve to be fairly rewarded for the vital work they do. Because of the balanced approach the Government is taking to the public finances, it has been able to announce the largest public sector pay rise in almost a decade, for around 1 million public sector workers. Teachers on less than £35,000 will get a pay rise equivalent to £800 in 2018-19; the average member of the Armed Forces will get a pay rise worth £980 in 2018-19; and band 3 prison officers with modernised terms and conditions will get a pay rise worth 4.1 per cent on average in 2018-19.

These increases represent a fair and responsible deal for public sector workers and are affordable for taxpayers, and will help make sure we have the workforce we need to deliver world class public services.

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