Can MPs only support individual cases in their own constituency and refuse to address the issue as a general UK one?

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From: P. Smith

27 November 2011

Dear House of Commons,

If an MP's constituent, who wants them to take up an issue that
affects those they know with Aspergers in their own MP area and
wider in the UK, writes to them for support about a general issue
that affects many people with Aspergers, not only in their
constituency but also across the UK, can an MP just say "I can only
deal with people IN MY CONSTITUENCY, and ON AN INDIVIDUAL CASE
BASIS".

The issue is:
Those with Asperger syndrome (a form of autism. Autism won't heal,
be cured, miraculously go away, etc. And no sudden support and
understanding of autism will suddenly happen either,) who fail the
WCA (Work Capability Assessment) and are denied ESA, who go to
appeal, are then awarded ESA, but after a three month review are
"failed" again, and have to go to appeal again.

The constituent asked their MP for support with this issue, which
would include BOTH those in their constituency and those ACROSS THE
UK who are in this DIRE and UNJUST and DISABILITY DISCRIMINATORY
situation, and was told the above.

Can MPs only help when an individual is thus forced to disclose
personal information about their own case? Those with Aspergers
often throughout their lives (or their parents / carers) have to
disclose imtimate details about themselves, fill in countless
forms, in any case, do they have to do this for their MP, when it
is a GENERAL ISSUE?

Can MPs not address this issue in principal / general, UK wide?

Is this usual procedure, or an avoidance trick, device or strategy
by an MP - knowing that individual Asperger constituents are often
very vulnerable - that doesn't want to go against his own party,
however dispicable, inhuman and unjust their policies towards those
who are sick, vulnerable or disabled are?

Many thanks,

Yours faithfully,

[P. Smith]

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From: P. Smith

27 November 2011

Dear House of Commons,

The other barrier to someone with Aspergers / autism getting help
is that autism is a social and communication disability in itself.

Yours faithfully,

[P. Smith]

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29 November 2011

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You and your MP leaflet: http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/guide...

Code of Conduct : http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa...

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From: [P. Smith] [mailto:[FOI #94879 email]]
Sent: 27 November 2011 12:19
To: [email address]
Subject: Request F11-419

Dear House of Commons,

If an MP's constituent, who wants them to take up an issue that
affects those they know with Aspergers in their own MP area and
wider in the UK, writes to them for support about a general issue
that affects many people with Aspergers, not only in their
constituency but also across the UK, can an MP just say "I can only
deal with people IN MY CONSTITUENCY, and ON AN INDIVIDUAL CASE
BASIS".

The issue is:
Those with Asperger syndrome (a form of autism. Autism won't heal,
be cured, miraculously go away, etc. And no sudden support and
understanding of autism will suddenly happen either,) who fail the
WCA (Work Capability Assessment) and are denied ESA, who go to
appeal, are then awarded ESA, but after a three month review are
"failed" again, and have to go to appeal again.

The constituent asked their MP for support with this issue, which
would include BOTH those in their constituency and those ACROSS THE
UK who are in this DIRE and UNJUST and DISABILITY DISCRIMINATORY
situation, and was told the above.

Can MPs only help when an individual is thus forced to disclose
personal information about their own case? Those with Aspergers
often throughout their lives (or their parents / carers) have to
disclose imtimate details about themselves, fill in countless
forms, in any case, do they have to do this for their MP, when it
is a GENERAL ISSUE?

Can MPs not address this issue in principal / general, UK wide?

Is this usual procedure, or an avoidance trick, device or strategy
by an MP - knowing that individual Asperger constituents are often
very vulnerable - that doesn't want to go against his own party,
however dispicable, inhuman and unjust their policies towards those
who are sick, vulnerable or disabled are?

Many thanks,

Yours faithfully,

[P. Smith]

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Geoffrey Thursfield left an annotation ( 4 December 2011)

Quote-marks I asked a similar sort of question a few years ago and circulated M.P.'s - my own M.P. contacted me to say that an M.P. would only deal with things in their own constituency

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