Reverse Advent Calendar, please join my foodbank appeal

We have all been affected by coronavirus this year but it’s true to say that people will have had very different experiences. Too many people are being pushed further into poverty and as unemployment continues to rise, I am worried this is going to get worse before it gets better. The Trussell Trust Foodbank NetworkContinue reading Reverse Advent Calendar, please join my foodbank appeal

Birmingham MP pledges to work with DWP and local businesses to tackle unemployment

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham Selly Oak pledged to work with the Department for Work and Pensions and local businesses to tackle unemployment as latest figures reveal growing unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic.   Figures released today show there were 5,630 people in Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency claiming unemployment benefits in October 2020. This equates to 7.5% of the populationContinue reading Birmingham MP pledges to work with DWP and local businesses to tackle unemployment

MPs call for starter payments to prevent hardship during wait for first Universal Credit payment

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham Selly Oak sits on the Work and Pensions Committee who in their latest report say a starter payment should be made to people claiming Universal Credit (UC) for the first time to ensure that everyone has enough money for basics such as food and heating during the wait for theirContinue reading MPs call for starter payments to prevent hardship during wait for first Universal Credit payment

Unemployment continues to rise as city faces jobs car crash in wake of new restrictions

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics reveal that the number of people who are unemployment in Selly Oak constituency is now 5670 , a huge 61% increase since March before lockdown began. This represents a rate of 7.7%, compared to 6.5% nationally. Unemployment across Birmingham now stands at a shocking 11.2%. ThisContinue reading Unemployment continues to rise as city faces jobs car crash in wake of new restrictions

Support for Events, weddings, night clubs and creative industries

It is clear that financial support for certain industries will be needed for longer than any of us would have hoped back in March. In his statement last week, the Chancellor said nothing about sectors that cannot re-open including events, weddings, nightclubs and the creative industries which employ hundreds of thousands of workers across theContinue reading Support for Events, weddings, night clubs and creative industries

Creative Sector Needs Recovery Cash Now

One thing we won’t be hearing this Christmas is that pantomime favourite, ‘he’s behind you.’ Even Christmas is now in doubt.  I recently heard from a constituent who contacted me early in lockdown. He’s a self-employed artist who concentrates on children’s entertainment. The government advised him to take a Bounce Back loan but remain oblivious toContinue reading Creative Sector Needs Recovery Cash Now

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