Portsmouth MP takes a constituency tour with a difference

City MP Stephen Morgan has been given an interactive map created by Citizens Advice that reveals the issues people are facing in Portsmouth South Constituency.

The MP was taken on a ward-by-ward virtual tour of his constituency and shown the problems people living in the area are getting help for at Citizens Advice.

The maps – called Constituency Dashboards – show the spread of issues facing different types of people in Portsmouth South, such as disabled people, younger constituents and minorities.

The dashboards were presented to MPs at an event hosted by Citizens Advice in the House of Commons on Wednesday 21 February 2018. Stephen also visited Citizens Advice in Portsmouth where he met the team and was given a briefing on some of the issues his constituents are going in for advice on.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“I’m always keen to find new and inventive ways of staying informed about the concerns of my constituents. These dashboards are illuminating and the data they contain provide strong evidence on which to act.

Citizens Advice – with its army of volunteers – is tremendous at providing support for people living in Portsmouth.

Thanks to the team for inviting me in to see what they are doing day to day on the frontline. I will continue to work closely with them to help the people of Portsmouth South.”

Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said:

It was great that Stephen Morgan showed real interest in our interactive maps, which highlight the issues we see on the ground in Portsmouth.

The right advice and support can transform lives. Local Citizens Advice solve the problems for two in three of our clients, and empower people to develop the skills and confidence they need to help themselves.

It’s important people can access free and impartial advice when they need it, whether face to face, over the phone or online. We’re pleased to work with MPs to help them solve their constituents’ problems and address local and national issues.”

Citizens Advice in Portsmouth provides free confidential and impartial advice to people face to face and over the telephone. A national website provides advice online, over email and via web chat at http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk