What your MP can do for you

MPs are there to help only with those matters for which Parliament or central government is responsible.

Many people think that their MP can solve all their problems: this is sadly not the case and there are many examples where contacting an MP may result in a problem taking longer to resolve if the issue in question is not their responsibility.

For many matters, (for example if it is connected with local planning, the day to day running of schools, refuse collection, housing repairs, anti-social behaviour or public lavatories) the appropriate first step is to contact your local councillor.

Services in North West Leicestershire are divided between Leicestershire County Council and North West Leicestershire District Council.

The County Council manages services including schools, social services, strategic planning matters, highways, refuse and waste disposal sites, museums and libraries. The District Council manages services including town planning, environmental health, housing, benefits, council tax collection, refuse collection and leisure facilities.

You can find the contact details for your local elected representatives by entering your postcode here:
 


 

An MP is unable to settle private disputes with neighbours or employers, nor can he help in family arguments. Nor can an MP interfere with decisions made in court or offer legal advice.

If you are unsure who to go to or you have a problem of a more general nature then your nearest Citizens' Advice Bureau will be able to guide you.

South and West Leicestershire (Coalville) Citizens Advice Bureau
87 Belvoir Road
COALVILLE
Leicestershire
LE67 3PH

Telephone: 0844 499 2375 - Gateway phone line
Telephone: 0844 248 0040 - County Debt Line
Telephone: 0300 456 8400 - Macmillan Advice line

Fax: 01530 454752

South Derbyshire (Swadlincote) Citizens Advice Bureau
www.southderbyshirecab.org.uk

114 Church Street
Church Gresley
SWADLINCOTE
DE11 9NR

Telephone (Enquiries): 01283 210108
Telephone (Advice): 01283 210107

If your concern is not local in nature and concerns central government policies (such as the National Health Service, HM Revenue and Customs - who collect the bulk of tax and pay child benefit and tax credits, and the Department of Work and Pensions who deal with issues such as benefits, pensions and national insurance) then you should contact your MP.

Your MP can help you with all matters for which Parliament or central government is responsible, such as:

How does my MP deal with my problem?

The ways Andrew could deal with your concerns are as follows:

  • Writing a letter to the relevant department or official.
  • Writing a letter to the Minister involved.
  • Attempt to ascertain the reason behind decisions.
  • Appeal on behalf of an individual or community.
  • Speak to relevant authorities on your behalf.

Many problems (but not all) can be solved in this way. In some instances, the Minister may not be able to give the answer that you want to hear. They should still be able to clarify the situation and confirm that the correct procedure was used when making any decision.

If you feel there has been unnecessary delay or maladministration Andrew may be able to take your case to the Parliamentary Ombudsman. The Ombudsman can only be approached through your MP; you cannot approach that office directly. The Health Service Ombudsman can provide similar help where the problem involves the NHS.
 

 
 

Other help available

Help and support for separated families

Project Cheer

Reasons to be upbeat about Brexit.

Surgeries

Andrew holds regular surgeries throughout the constituency.

 
Forthcoming surgery dates

Friday 6th October 2017 - Coalville
11.30am-1.30pm
Coalville Library, High Street, Coalville, Leics LE67 3EA

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Your local Councillors

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