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This chart provides a breakdown of the varying types of case work dealt with by the team in Simon Danczuk’s constituency office in Rochdale.

In total, staff handled 57 significant new cases in April, dealing with everything from policing to education.

Key points:

  • Last week, Simon lead a Parliamentary debate on the UK’s asylum seeker dispersal policy and the unfair burden it puts on towns like Rochdale. Immigration matters accounted for almost a third of cases dealt with by the constituency office in April, many of these related to asylum claims. Simon has secured a meeting with Government Immigration Minister James Brokenshire to discuss steps to reduce the number of asylum seekers in Rochdale and take the pressure off already strained public services.

  • Rochdale has the fifth highest number of children’s homes in the country and last month 2% of new cases related to children’s services in the town. Last month in the House of Commons, Simon praised the standard of the homes in Rochdale but warned that growing problems in the sector were “warning signs we cannot ignore”. He called for the Government to reverse funding cuts which are having a disastrous impact on social services.

  • One in 20 new cases last month came from concerned business owners. As chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Small Shops, Simon has repeatedly raised concerns about the financial pressures that Government policy has placed on independent retailers. The new "national living wage" was introduced in April and many small shop owners have said they will struggle to cope with the increased wage bill whilst also paying inflated business rates. Speaking in Parliament, Simon criticised the Government’s decision to delay meaningful business rate reform until April next year.

NB: These figures do not include ongoing cases that were opened before April 1 or responses to queries about policy or campaigns, which are handled by the Westminster office.

Casework in Rochdale constituency office - April 2016

This chart provides a breakdown of the varying types of case work dealt with by the team in Simon Danczuk’s constituency office in Rochdale. In total, staff handled 57 significant...

Bulls_Head.JPGMP Simon Danczuk has slammed the “audacity" of a Home Counties property firm who are plotting to turn a beloved Rochdale pub into a vet’s surgery.

The Bull’s Head in Smallbridge could be facing last orders after Kent based owners Prontoserve applied for permission to convert the property.

Tenants Paul Quinn and Kay Bevan, who have run the thriving local community pub for five years, only discovered the plans when they were posted on a lamppost outside the property.

In its submission to Rochdale Council, Prontoserve claimed that the Bull’s Head has “suffered a loss of trade over the last few years and is becoming run down” and that the conversion is essential to “revitalise the building”.

After visiting the pub and speaking with many of the regulars, Mr Danczuk said: “I cannot believe the audacity of this Southern based firm attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of planning inspectors and councillors with this untrue statement.

“The Bull’s Head is a textbook example of the kind of invaluable local pub which we want to see remain in our town.

“It is a thriving business which serves the surrounding community with distinction, any suggestion that it is “run down” is absolutely not true.

“Not only does it provide a vital point of contact for both older and younger customers but over the years the tenants and regulars have raised thousands for Rochdale’s Springhill Hospice.

“I have already sent a formal letter of objection to these plans and I will continue to fight to make sure the council is not duped by Prontoserve's twisting of the facts.”

The pub has two pool and darts teams and has recently offered to host the regular meetings of the Smallbridge Tenants & Residents Association.

As well as providing B&B accommodation to visiting contractors, the pub’s customers also make significant contributions to local taxi firms and other businesses.

Landlord Paul said: “It’s not just putting the five people here out of a job, the knock on effect for the whole community would be huge.”

Paper and online petitions have already attracted hundreds of signatures and messages of support from former regulars as far afield as Spain and Ireland.

Bull’s Head regular Graham Ralph, 66, said: “In this day and age it takes just a few seconds to find out what’s going on in Australia. But we had to find out about this from a piece of laminated paper on a lampost!

“Everyone knows each other here and we look out for each other. There will be a lot of lonely people if this place closes.

“This is a thriving business, it’s unbelievable what they are doing.”

Simon Danczuk backs campaign to save local pub‏

MP Simon Danczuk has slammed the “audacity" of a Home Counties property firm who are plotting to turn a beloved Rochdale pub into a vet’s surgery. The Bull’s Head in...

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has secured a one-to-one meeting with the Government’s Immigration Minister to discuss steps to reduce the number of asylum seekers in the town.

Leading a Parliamentary debate on the issue, Mr Danczuk accused wealthy Conservative councils of “shirking their responsibilities” to house asylum seekers while towns like Rochdale take in hundreds.

The MP quoted research carried out by his office which showed that the vast majority of asylum seekers are being housed in the poorer Labour controlled areas where Government cuts have been most severe

Since the Government handed dispersal contracts to private firms in 2012, the number of asylum seekers in Rochdale has rocketed from 371 to 1,044.

One in every 204 residents in the town is now an asylum seeker, putting significant strain on schools, hospitals and social services.

But rather than helping the local authority to cope with this influx, Government cuts will see Rochdale Council's spending power plummet by 7% by 2017/18.

By contrast David Cameron’s West Oxfordshire constituency does not house a single asylum seeker but the local council is actually set to see a 1% increase in its spending power.

Mr Danczuk called on Immigration Minister James Brokenshire to use Government powers under the 1999 Asylum Act to force areas like this to do more.

He said: “However the Minister chooses to spin this situation, it is clear that the status-quo is deeply unfair to those less well off.

“Areas that are struggling the most under this Conservative Government have been made to carry the increasing burden of our overweight and slowing asylum system.

“They have been doing this whilst the Prime Minister’s areas have done nothing but shirk their responsibilities to the most vulnerable of people in our society and at the same time shielded themselves from the worst of the cuts.”

In response to these arguments, Mr Brokenshire agreed to meet Mr Danczuk to discuss measures to reduce the pressure on Rochdale Council.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Danczuk said: "Whilst Government Ministers talk compassionately about the need to help refugees the truth is that their local council counterparts are refusing to help.

“Conservative councillors are not prepared to do their fair share of helping asylum seekers.

“The result is that asylum seekers are often placed in substandard housing in deprived communities, a situation which is grossly unfair for everyone involved.

"I will be raising these concerns when I meet the Minister and I will continue to push for an asylum system that works."

Simon Danczuk secures meeting with immigration Minister over asylum seekers‏

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has secured a one-to-one meeting with the Government’s Immigration Minister to discuss steps to reduce the number of asylum seekers in the town. Leading a Parliamentary...

The new national living wage is a “public relations stunt” that could spell disaster for small shops and adult care services in Rochdale, MP Simon Danczuk has said.

The compulsory living wage was introduced on April 1, with all working people aged 25 and over now receiving a minimum of £7.20 per hour, an hourly increase of 50p.

Speaking in a Parliamentary debate, Mr Danczuk welcomed the pay increase but criticised the Government for failing to support the sectors struggling with the increased cost.

Mr Danczuk, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group, argued that the policy could have a devastating impact on independent retailers.

The MP described the increased wage bill and the inflated cost of business rates as a “double whammy” for small shops in towns like Rochdale.

While business rate reforms will see many small shops lifted out of business rates in 2017, Mr Danczuk expressed concern that many businesses will not survive the year-long wait.

Accusing Chancellor George Osborne of poor planning, Mr Danczuk said: “Small businesses employ 35% of the nation’s workforce, but they employ more than half of those who are on the minimum wage.

“They will have to put up prices, slow recruitment or perhaps downscale their operations.

“The truth is that the new national living wage should have coincided with the changes to the business rate system.”

Mr Danczuk also echoed the concerns of those in the adult care sector, pointing out that the increased cost of paying higher wages would completely cancel out the benefit of the new social care precept.

Calling on the Government to reverse years of funding cuts, the MP said: “The social care sector has faced a wave of pressure from the Government over the last few years.

“If we want to give care workers the wage that they deserve, it must be adequately funded.

“The new change is even more worrying in view of the fact that many in the care sector are not even paid the minimum wage.

“Work by Unison has shown that pay structures, such as not paying travelling time, mean that those who care for our elderly loved ones are not being paid for the vital work that they do.

“They are some of the most hard-working people, and they deserve to earn at least the minimum wage. But unless the appropriate funding is in place, that simply will not happen.”

Summing up, Mr Danczuk said: “Britain deserves a pay rise, not some public relations stunt from a Chancellor who is obsessed with political strategy.

“An increase in the minimum wage must be done properly, and small businesses must be helped so that they can afford it.”

Simon Danczuk slams living wage “public relations stunt”‏‏

The new national living wage is a “public relations stunt” that could spell disaster for small shops and adult care services in Rochdale, MP Simon Danczuk has said. The compulsory...

IMG_21234.jpgAn exhausted Simon Danczuk thanked Rochdale residents for their support as he crossed the line to finish the 2016 London Marathon.

The MP made his marathon debut on Sunday, completing the 26 mile route in 4 hours and 49 minutes and raising hundreds of pounds for a local charity in the process.

All the money raised will go to homelessness charity Petrus Community and will help fund vital frontline services for vulnerable people in the community.

Mr Danczuk was one of eight MPs taking part in the 36th London Marathon, finishing sixth overall in the league table of Parliamentary runners.

He said: “I won’t have bragging rights in the House of Commons but I am certainly delighted with my time and with all the money we have raised for Petrus Community.

“I could not have done this without the support of the people of Rochdale. Thank you all for all the words of encouragement and all of the generous donations which helped me keep going.

“I won’t be rushing to sign up for another marathon any time soon but I am always looking to support local charities in any way I can.”

Simon Danczuk thanks Rochdale for marathon support

An exhausted Simon Danczuk thanked Rochdale residents for their support as he crossed the line to finish the 2016 London Marathon. The MP made his marathon debut on Sunday, completing...

Rochdale's children’s homes are “second to none” but challenges facing the sector are “warning signs we cannot ignore” MP Simon Danczuk has said.

Mr Danczuk was speaking during a Parliamentary debate about the problems facing children’s homes in the UK, organised by Stockport MP Ann Coffey.

Rochdale borough has the fifth highest number of children’s homes in the country.

Mr Danczuk singled out Meadows Care for particular praise describing the chain of local homes run by owner Jonathan Rigg as “a credit to the childcare sector”.

But the MP raised concerns about the increasing gap between the number of child referrals and the vacancies available. He also highlighted the growing economic uncertainty among private children’s home providers and called on the Government to boost funding to children’s services.

Mr Danczuk said: “Those who run children’s homes provide a vital service to people who have fallen on the toughest of times.

“We should be doing everything we can to make life easier for such service providers and to allow them to provide the care that they want to provide.

“The points that they have raised are a warning sign that we cannot ignore.

“If we do, we will be failing some of the most vulnerable people in our society by not allowing them to grow and develop the opportunities that so many of us have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed.”

Simon Danczuk calls for more children's home funding

Rochdale's children’s homes are “second to none” but challenges facing the sector are “warning signs we cannot ignore” MP Simon Danczuk has said. Mr Danczuk was speaking during a Parliamentary...

IMG_2581_(1).JPGROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk has marked St George’s Day by flying the England flag with pride.

The MP’s constituency office on St Mary’s Gate has been adorned with two flags of St George to celebrate the national day of the patron saint of England.

Mr Danczuk said: “Not only are we commemorating St George’s Day, but also the Queen’s 90th Birthday and the 400th anniversary of the death of the great English writer William Shakespeare.

“But this is just a start, with the England national football team among the favourites to win Euro 2016, the coming months really could be a great English summer.

“There has never been a better time for a patriotic display and to reflect on the traditional English values of freedom, fairness and strong communities.

“I would encourage all Rochdale residents to join me and fly their St George’s flags with pride.”

Simon Danczuk flies England flag with pride‏

ROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk has marked St George’s Day by flying the England flag with pride. The MP’s constituency office on St Mary’s Gate has been adorned with two flags...

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This chart provides a breakdown of the varying types of case work dealt with by the team in Simon Danczuk’s constituency office in Rochdale.

In total, staff handled 64 significant new cases in March, dealing with everything from housing to healthcare.

Key points:

  • This month, there has been a higher than usual number of cases from small business owners. Many of these have been from entrepreneurs raising concerns about the inordinate cost of business rates. Simon has repeatedly called on the Government to reduce the tax burden on small businesses, including during the Parliamentary budget debate on March 22.

  • In total, 6% of cases this month were about “adult care”. One of these related to the proposed closure of Honresfeld Leonard Cheshire Care Home in Littleborough. Residents and relatives raised concerns about the short notice they had been given and suggested that the home should stay open as it was still economically viable. Simon successfully negotiated for the closure to be postponed and raised the matter in Parliament on March 3.

  • During a House of Commons debate on March 21, Simon once again criticised the Government for the growing asylum seeker crisis in Rochdale. One in five cases this month related to immigration, due in part to the disproportionate number of asylum seekers that the Government has chosen to house in Rochdale. Simon has repeatedly called on the Prime Minister to reduce the pressure on Rochdale by passing new laws to force other towns and cities to do their fair share to care for asylum seekers.

NB: These figures do not include ongoing cases that were opened before March 1 or responses to queries about policy or campaigns, which are handled by the Westminster office.

Casework in Rochdale constituency office - March 2016

  This chart provides a breakdown of the varying types of case work dealt with by the team in Simon Danczuk’s constituency office in Rochdale. In total, staff handled 64...

ROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk will go the extra mile next month as he takes part in the world’s most famous marathon to raise funds for a very worthy local cause.

Mr Danczuk will join tens of thousands of runners on the start line of the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 24 as the famous endurance race marks its 36th year.

All money raised from the run will go to Rochdale based homelessness charity Petrus Community.

Mr Danczuk said: “I only took up running about 18 months ago so the London Marathon will be a real challenge.

“My chosen charity is very close to my heart and I hope to raise as much money as possible to help them continue with the excellent work that they do.

“As a former researcher with The Big Issue, I am passionate about tackling homelessness and helping vulnerable people to turn their lives around.

“Petrus Community in Rochdale is an exemplary homelessness charity and I am always blown away by the level of dedication from its staff and volunteers.”

Petrus co-ordinator Denis Skelton said: “We’re delighted that Petrus is the charity that Simon is supporting by running the London Marathon.

“The money raised will go towards the provision of frontline services to help homeless people in Rochdale.”


Click here to contribute to Simon’s fundraising efforts.

Simon Danczuk to run London Marathon for Rochdale charity‏

ROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk will go the extra mile next month as he takes part in the world’s most famous marathon to raise funds for a very worthy local cause....

RSPCA.jpgROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk has reminded all dog owners to have their furry friends microchipped ahead of a change in the law which comes into effect next month.

From April 6, it will be a legal requirement to have any dog over the age of eight weeks microchipped in England and Wales.

As part of a campaign to raise awareness of the new rules, Mr Danczuk attended a free dog microchipping event at the RSPCA branch in Redcross Street.

Mr Danczuk said: “Compulsory microchipping is a positive step and will make all the difference to dog owners whose beloved pets are lost or stolen.

“RSPCA staff and volunteers in Rochdale have done a wonderful job getting the word out and offering free microchipping.

“We must continue to raise awareness over the next few weeks to make sure dog lovers and their pets are not caught on the wrong side of the new law.”

Simon Danczuk reminds dog lovers to have their pets microchipped‏

ROCHDALE MP Simon Danczuk has reminded all dog owners to have their furry friends microchipped ahead of a change in the law which comes into effect next month. From April...


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