Dear Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP
I firmly agree with Vicky Garner’s letter and the points she makes.
I too am asking you to revisit your agreement with Bounty, and to relook at your strategy for Child Benefit form distribution so that:
1. Child Benefit forms are made available via Registry Offfice (which will reach 100% of new parents). Child Benefit cannot be claimed until a baby is registered.
2. Forms are made available with other forms that a parent might need as a single package, ready to pick up from post offices or handed over by a midwife
3. Forms are also made available free of charge to charities so that they can distribute them direct to parents.
4. Printed copies of the form are made available to purchase by commercial companies wanting to distribute them (excluding formula companies as this goes against government policy on feeding).
I will be posting this letter as well as Vicky Garner’s letter on my website and suggesting to my readers to consider the Bounty Mutiny campaign and to contact you to make their feelings clear.
There is no need for Bounty to be on maternity wards. Parents can obtain free samples and any information supplied by Bounty via alternative routes. I am sure you will agree that HMRC does not want to play any role in the furtherance of Bounty’s commercial enterprise.
I look forward to hearing from you.