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The Bedroom tax affects almost 50,000 people in the West Midlands and the Government’s own impact assessment states that two thirds of those affected have a disability.

Since David Cameron’s government introduced the Bedroom Tax low-income households have been forced to find, on average an extra £720 a year. According to the National Housing Federation two thirds of households hit by the Bedroom Tax cannot find the money to pay their rents and one in seven are at risk of eviction.

Steve McCabe nominates Masalla Merchant on Pershore Road Stirchley, for the Tiffin Cup 2014 as local people give it the thumbs up.

 

Steve McCabe MP gets involved in Wear A Hat Day campaign for Brain Tumour Research by sporting his finest hat.

 

 From local issues like street lighting and rubbish collections to national issues like the future of the European Union and the crisis in Ukraine, the Raddlebarn pupils certainly asked hard questions.  They asked Steve what he thought on big issues like what we can do to tackle obesity, how we can achieve gender equality and what we can do to tackle ever rising energy prices.

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Walk down many streets in Selly Oak and Bournbrook and you will see building work being undertaken to convert 3 or 4 bedroom family homes into 7 and 10 bedroom accommodations. This work very often doesn’t have planning permission, doesn’t represent state of the art conversions for the young people who have to live there and takes no account of the likely impact on the local community.

Steve McCabe MP met with Blastbeat consultant, Kit Showande to discuss the expansion of Blastbeat, a musical education programme, in Selly Oak.

Steve McCabe MP hosted one of his regular report back events at Grace Church in Stirchley on Thursday 6 March 2014.

The campaign has been launched with the release of their report called ‘It’s not a game: the very real costs of having a premature or sick baby’, whichis based on a survey of over 1300 parents and 178 hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales. The report found that:

 

The Office for National Statistics released Labour Market figures today showing the number of people out of work in the UK fell by 125,000 to 2.34 million  in the three months to December. The rate of  unemployment now stands at 7.2%.

 

Although unemployment in the West Midlands has fallen in the three months to December as compared to the previous three months, the rate of unemployment still remains above the national average at 8.3%.

 

The Office for National Statistics said today the UK’s inflation rate, as measured by the consumer prices index, fell to 1.9% in January.

 

Inflation, as measured by the Retail Prices Index rose to 2.8% from 2.7% in December.

 

Commenting on the inflation figures, Steve McCabe MP said:

“This fall in inflation is welcome but my constituents are telling me they are still struggling to make ends meet. Prices are still rising much faster than wages.

 

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