Two weeks ago, thanks to Positive Money supporters sharing the petition, and hitting the streets together to gather signatures, we delivered our biggest ever petition to the government. Over 10,500 of us called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to stop pumping new money into financial markets, propping up the rich, and instead spend new money on projects that would benefit everyone in society.
Here’s a picture of Positive Money supporters delivering the petition to the Treasury the day before the Autumn Statement:
And on the day of the Autumn Statement, Positive Money’s Executive Director Fran Boait was interviewed on BBC London Live. She explained how the government’s Autumn Statement offered “no clear change in direction” and much more needed to be done to fix our broken economy. You can listen to her interview here.
In September, the Prime Minister acknowledged the bad side effects of monetary policy, and promised to bring about a change. But there was no such announcement in the Autumn Statement. It’s disappointing. And it’s unacceptable.
Because right now, people across the UK are struggling to make ends meet, whilst billions of pounds are being pumped into the financial economy to benefit the richest.
So that’s why Positive Money supporters are using their individual power to influence the government too – via face-to-face meetings with their local MPs.
MPs are our representatives in Parliament. They are sensitive to the opinions of their constituents. And it’s their job to challenge the government directly to demand policies that benefit all their constituents. So together we’re asking our MPs to demand the Prime Minister sticks to her promise, and delivers a monetary policy that works for all of us, not just the rich.
Will you try to arrange a meeting with your MP this winter? The Positive Money team are here to help you. Just click the link to get get started.
Several Positive Money supporters have already met with their MPs. Like Cam, in Devon, who presented local research to his MP, who has used the facts in a letter to the Chancellor! And Andy in Loughborough, who met his MP, Nicky Morgan. She was receptive to Positive Money’s proposals, had heard of our campaign, and agreed to send Andy’s questions to the Chancellor!
Positive Money will have more tricks up our sleeve in 2017, but right now, before MPs break for Christmas, it’s a good time to try to set up a meeting for the new year.
And if we each do what we can locally, together we can get our message to more and more MPs, and start to build some momentum for the changes we know our society so desperately needs.
Please will you look into setting up a meeting with your MP this winter?
There’s resources to help you each step of the way. But if you’d like some more support from the Positive Money team, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the office on 02072533235.