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Birmingham Labour MPs have warned the Government about their catastrophic funding plans for Birmingham which will result in devastating cuts to children’s centres, local libraries, leisure centres and services for the elderly.

 

Steve McCabe MP’s Protection of Family Homes Private Members Bill was stopped short last week during its Second Reading. Steve’s Bill was number 4 on the order paper but it was only debated for very briefly and was adjourned until January.

 

Steve McCabe MP said:

“I was disappointed that my Bill didn’t receive its Second Reading last week but I will be back in the New Year to have another go.

 

Steve McCabe MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for the Government to act quickly and stop Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across England from reducing or entirely decommissioning their assisted conception services.

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Speaking at Treasury Questions today, Tuesday 29 November, Steve McCabe MP asked the Treasury Minister why half of the money for England announced in the Autumn Statement last week is allocated to projects in London and the South East, despite the fact there will be a £50 million shortfall in NHS funding by 2017 and a huge £130 million shortfall for Social Care by 2020 in Birmingham.

 

 

Steve’s Private Member's Bill, aimed at clamping down on rogue landlords and developers, was talked out of time by local government minister Marcus Jones during its second reading stage on 28 October 2016. But Steve won’t give up will be trying to push the Bill through Parliament this Friday. As a fall-back position, Steve is also in talks with colleagues in the House of Lords to see if key parts of the Bill could be added to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill currently going through Parliament.

 

Steve has welcomed the abolition of letting fees which is a Labour policy that the Chancellor and Prime Minister have previously voted against but says allowing those on Universal Credit to keep an extra 2p in the £ on their earnings will have an almost negligible impact.

 

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Steve’s Private Member's Bill, designed to clamp down on rogue landlords and developers, was talked out of time by local government minister Marcus Jones during its second reading stage on 28 October 2016 but Steve is optimistic it will get backing.

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During Prime Ministers Questions today Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) raised the ludicrous decision by FIFA to ban footballers from wearing the Poppy in the upcoming England vs Scotland game.

 

The Prime Minister agreed with Steve and called FIFA’s decision outrageous. 

Steve McCabe MP is set to have the Second Reading of his Protection of Family Homes (Enforcement and Permitted Development) Bill heard in the Commons this Friday, 28 October 2016.

After hearing Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, announce her plan to ask every business to publish which proportion of their workforce were foreigners, Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) decided to give the Government a helping hand with their new policy. He asked every Government department to declare how many non-UK nationals they had in their workforce and what proportion of their workforce that represents. Amazingly, not a single department has been willing or able to provide such details. 

 

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