Chancellor’s proposals Sticking Plaster not a Plan for the Future

The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave a statement in the House of Commons on 24 September announcing economic support measures for the next 6 months, including: Replacing the furlough scheme with a new Job Support Scheme starting in November, which will support businesses and employees who have lost hours due to the pandemic. There willContinue reading Chancellor’s proposals Sticking Plaster not a Plan for the Future

MP Calls on Government to Deliver Jobs Promise in Unemployment Hotspots

Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, has urged the government to get on with targeted job creation as unemployment continues to rise in his constituency.   Figures released yesterday show 7.6% of people in Selly Oak Constituency were claiming unemployment benefits as of August 2020, considerably higher than the national average of 6.5%. TheContinue reading MP Calls on Government to Deliver Jobs Promise in Unemployment Hotspots

Changing City Centre for the Better

Is the PM’s exhortation that people should get back to the office a bit misplaced? Does it focus too much on the financial health of well-known coffee and sandwich shops?  I’ve got nothing against these businesses but they are a relatively small part of our economy while there are many other jobs and industries requiring support. I wonder why they’re being given such high priority.  There was evidence of change in our city centres long before the pandemic. More people are shopping online. Clean air measures will undoubtedly reduce car numbers coming into the centre andContinue reading Changing City Centre for the Better

Steve McCabe MP pledges to combat retail violence and protect retail staff

Local MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, Steve McCabe has signed up to support the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Shopworkers’ Protection Pledge, vowing to stand with retail staff and support legislation to better protect shopworkers from violence and abuse. Violence and abuse of shopworkers remains a serious concern in Birmingham Selly Oak. Recognising the serious impactContinue reading Steve McCabe MP pledges to combat retail violence and protect retail staff

Steve McCabe MP calls on Chancellor to save small breweries before it’s too late

Steve McCabe MP has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer urging him to drop current plans to reform Small Breweries Relief which will have a devastating impact on small breweries in his constituency and threaten their future. The changes to Small Breweries Relief will lower the threshold for breweries to stop receiving some taxContinue reading Steve McCabe MP calls on Chancellor to save small breweries before it’s too late

Unemployment needs Urgent and Targeted Intervention says Birmingham MP

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham Selly Oak has raised concerns about another increase in unemployment in his constituency. Figures released today show the unemployment rate is currently 7.3% in Birmingham Selly Oak, this is notably higher than the national average which now stands at 6.3%. The data also shows the number of those claiming benefits increased againContinue reading Unemployment needs Urgent and Targeted Intervention says Birmingham MP