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Steve McCabe MP visited National Grid this week to meet up with Interns from Selly Oak Trust School and Queen Alexandra College who are currently doing a placement year at the electricity and gas company.

Over 70 local residents turned out on Saturday 7 November to attend a meeting organised by local MP Steve McCabe (Birmingham Selly Oak) to show support for The Protection of Family Homes (enforcement and permitted development) 10 Minute Rule Bill.

 

As the Member of Parliament for Selly Oak I’ve seen the quality of privately rented, accommodation deteriorate in this area over several years; at the very time when others involved in student accommodation are rightly demanding higher standards. That’s why I’m calling for a crackdown on rogue landlords and cowboy builders.

Steve has spoken out against George Osborne’s planned cuts to Working and Child Tax Credits, slamming the cuts as short sighted and hitting the poorest the hardest.

 

Before the Election in May 2015 David Cameron promised there would be no cuts to child tax credits, but in the Chancellor’s Summer Budget in July he announced cuts to Working and Child Tax Credits which will hit working families on low incomes.

 

 

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills are currently ‘consulting’ on proposals to freeze the threshold at which students start to repay their student loans. Under the system introduced in 2012 students would start repaying their loans when they were earning £21,000 per annum and the threshold would rise with average earnings like the old system.

 

The Government is now proposing to freeze the threshold, meaning students will face paying thousands more.

 


Steve McCabe has been inundated with planning complaints in recent years. Many people are frustrated at the lack of enforcement action to tackle breaches in planning law by the local Council. Permitted development rights, introduced in 2013, have exacerbated the problem with neighbourhoods blighted with unsightly extensions which are built under the guise of permitted development.

 

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that UK unemployment has risen in the three months to June, up 25,000 on the last quarter. This is the second consecutive quarter where the jobless rate has risen.

 

Steve McCabe MP said:

“It is disappointing to hear that unemployment is up in my constituency and in Birmingham it is above the national average but nothing is being done to invest and grow the economy here.

 

The Chancellor has sold 5.4% of the government’s stake in RBS raising £2.1billion, a third below the price paid.

 

The UK bailed out RBS in 2008 and 2009 by buying shares for £45billion, but Osborne has sold the share at well below the price the government paid for them meaning an estimated loss to the taxpayer of at least £1 billion.

 

According to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions, 4.1% of people in Billesley are claiming Jobs Seeker’s Allowance, this is almost double the national average. So while the economy is slowly recovering the benefits are yet to reach Birmingham. Steve McCabe and local councillors want action to increase employment options in Billesley.

 

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