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.
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.