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Today, Prime Minister May has triggered Article 50 signalling the start of a 2 year period to negotiate the UKs exit from the European Union. I have said many times since the Referendum in June last year that we must accept the outcome of the vote but it is now more important than ever to watch the government closely and it is my job to stand up for the interests of people living in my constituency.

Local MP, Steve McCabe is preparing to take part in a daring tandem skydive for charity.

Steve will be making the 15,000ft jump at the end of April, luckily he’ll be securely attached to a professional. Steve is hoping to raise as much money as possible for Acorns Children's Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support. 

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Following the announcement by Tesco at the start of March that they will no longer be building a store in Stirchley, local MP Steve McCabe and Councillor Mary Locke have been going door to door to ask Stirchley residents what they think should happen to the site in future.

 

They’ve already spoken to hundreds of residents who are angry and dismayed after putting up with all the disruption for so long. Steve and Mary are determined that local people should have their say in any future plans for the site.

 

Unemployment is up in Selly Oak for the third month in a row leaving the constituency in the top 10% for unemployment in the UK.

Steve McCabe MP has expressed real concern about figures revealed today by the Office for National Statistics which show that yet again unemployment has increased in his constituency since January, February and this time last year.

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, will continue his fight to protect family homes in Selly Oak despite a poor response from the government.

He has expressed his anger at the government’s behaviour and poor response to his Protection of Family Homes (Enforcement and Permitted Development) Bill. It failed to progress beyond Second Reading because of the behaviour of Tory MPs who have pushed it to the back of the queue.

This week Birmingham Labour MPs wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond MP, to ask that he review the Government’s policy on the State Pension age for 2.6 million women nationwide. 37,000 women across Birmingham have suffered greatly from the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts that increased the State Pension Age for women born in the 1950’s.

 

The MPs have asked the Government to provide transitional state pension arrangements for the women affected.

 

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The Chancellor announced tax increases for self-employed people from next April, which will see nearly 2.5 million people pay £240 a year more in national insurance contributions. A fifth of people who are self-employed have their incomes topped up by tax credits, this tax rise will hit hard-working people already struggling to make ends meet.

 

The Chancellor also announced £66m per year for social care for 3 years but all the experts say we need £1.9Bn now to head off a crisis.

 

Steve McCabe MP is asking the Government why there is no money to save Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath despite announcing that over £320 million worth of funding will be available for new grammar schools in the budget.

 

The announcement was made ahead of tomorrow's budget where the Chancellor is expected to confirm funding of £320million for new free and grammar schools and £216million to refurbish existing schools.

 

Selly Oak MP, Steve McCabe joined staff, volunteers and service users from leading deafblind charity Sense for a mass walk through Selly Oak along the Birmingham and Worcester canal. The sensory walk was organised to raise awareness of TouchBase Pears, a major new community centre for the area that will open in the summer.

The pioneering new centre will combine specialist support for people with sensory impairments and complex needs, with services that will benefit the whole community.

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