One of the responsibilities which clergy have and are often asked to fulfil is to provide references for people. Despite being retired, it is something that I am asked to do quite frequently and I am always pleased and willing to do so. However, one thing I have noticed just lately, and one that really annoys me, is that those that come from Government Institutions, both local and national, no longer include a stamped addressed envelope. In the past it didn’t really matter as I could use my postage allowance from the parish, although more often than not a sae was sent anyway. Recently, since all the cutbacks, this has not been the case. If it was possible to reply electronically, it wouldn’t cost me a penny but for some reason these institutions don’t use this method despite all the savings that this would make both to me and to them.