1,000 people helped - David's caseworkers pass a milestone
As MP for the Stroud constituency, part of my role is to help residents with all kinds of issues, particularly those which relate to government.
I am fortunate to have a small team of caseworkers based in Stroud who have developed expertise to help with all kinds of problems.
They usually deal with issues relating to government departments, such as the Home Office, Revenue and Customs and the Department of Work and Pensions. In the year since I returned to parliament, my caseworkers have helped more than 1,000 people.
The scope of the casework always amazes me. Housing problems and benefits make up a large part, but it can also include dealing with complex immigration cases, environmental problems and mental-health services.
Often it involves helping people with disabilities or who are vulnerable or at a crisis point in their lives.
We see some of the real difficulties that increasing numbers of people face and it can be heart-breaking at times.
We can’t promise to provide easy solutions but there have been many times when we’ve managed to make a difference.
There are several ways to get in touch. I hold regular monthly surgeries in Stroud where appointments can be booked through my caseworkers.
This autumn, the caseworkers will start to hold their own mobile surgeries around the constituency at venues in Dursley, Chalford, Hardwick, Stonehouse and elsewhere.
They are also keen to hear from community groups which might be able to host a session.
If you would like the caseworkers to visit your group, or if you’d like to get in touch with the caseworking team, email David.firstname.lastname@example.org. Your case will be treated with absolute confidentiality.