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

Social Care

Thank you for contacting me about the campaign from Independent Age about the importance of social care.

You may be interested to follow the inquiry that I am chairing jointly with Clive Betts MP of both the Health and Social Care Committee and the Housing Communities and Local Government Committee in Parliament that is looking specifically at what should be in the Green Paper: https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/long-term-funding-of-adult-social-care-17-19/

We have received a huge volume of evidence both in person and in writing including correspondence and we are also meeting with people using services and using a citizen's assembly to examine views about many of the options for improving funding and services. I hope to publish our report into this really important issue next month.

In the meantime I have been also pressing the government for an early resolution to the pressing issue of back pay sleep in shifts: http://www.drsarah.org.uk/in-parliament/news-and-speeches/health-and-social-care-access-to-social-care/2689

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