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.
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.