Birmingham MP warns of benefit cuts as unemployment soars

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham Selly Oak has called the Government’s proposed plans to cut Universal Credit reckless, as unemployment rises again.  Figures released today show an estimated 1.72 million people were unemployed between September and November 2020, which is the highest rate of unemployment in five years. Locally in Birmingham Selly Oak 7.4% were claiming unemployment benefits in December 2020. ThisContinue reading Birmingham MP warns of benefit cuts as unemployment soars

Housing plans central to who we choose as mayor

REMEMBER Mrs Thatcher selling off all those council houses! The government’s got a new plan called ‘Right to Regenerate’ which they say will increase house building and improve local areas. Like council house sales, it involves selling off council land, garages and empty properties, but will it work? Birmingham, with a population of over oneContinue reading Housing plans central to who we choose as mayor

Officers at receiving end of trying to police lockdown

As New Year progresses, the struggle continues with much focus now on the vaccine roll out, but there’s also growing concern about the enforcement of lockdown arrangements. Two women were fined by Derbyshire Police, later rescinded, after a story appeared about them driving five miles to walk around a reservoir while carrying hot drinks. ThereContinue reading Officers at receiving end of trying to police lockdown

When it comes to politics it’s better to under-promise and over-deliver

AFTER weeks of encouraging us to proceed, the PM has finally pulled the rug on our Christmas plans by admitting things are much worse than he’d let on. How has it got so out of control? Is it just that things are so difficult that it would be too hard for anyone or are notContinue reading When it comes to politics it’s better to under-promise and over-deliver

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