What can an MP help with?
MPs can help with matters for which central government is directly responsible for, so issues to do with:
- Benefits, pensions, National Insurance, and other matters dealt with by the Department for Work and Pensions
- Immigration and other problems dealt with by the Home Office
- Tax issues involving HM Revenue and Customs
- Problems with the NHS
- Problems with the Child Maintenance Service or Child Support Agency
- School grants and closures
What your MP cannot usually help with…
Problems with local authority services, such as waste collection, road maintenance, planning, and school and housing allocations are managed by Redditch Borough Council or Wychavon District Council (depending on which part of the constituency you live) and should be raised with your local Councillors in the first instance.
However, I am always happy to write to the Council and ask them to look into a problem or reconsider a particular issue. Owing to the Data Protection Act (2018) you will need to give me your permission to share your information with the Council if I write to the Council on your behalf.
As your MP I can provide general advice on planning issues and ask that your views are taken into account in planning decisions, but I cannot instruct or influence councillors making the decisions, as this is a local Council matter that operates under very strict rules and laws.
MPs are unable to intervene in private disputes with neighbours or employers, nor help to settle family arguments. They also cannot interfere with decisions made in court or offer legal advice.