Universal Credit uplift must be extended to prevent hundreds of thousands falling into poverty

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham-Selly Oak, is a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee who in a report released today, recommend that the Chancellor must maintain for another year ‘at the very least’ the £20 per week increase in Universal Credit (UC) and Working Tax Credit introduced to support families during the coronavirus pandemic.   The report notes that sinceContinue reading Universal Credit uplift must be extended to prevent hundreds of thousands falling into poverty

Cometh the hour, cometh the man – we’ve got the wrong man for this situation

I got short shrift from the Prime Minister on Monday for daring to ask him to his face what so many of his own MPs are saying behind his back. I asked him if he should quit. Actually, I asked him if he’d thought of making way for someone with a skillset, better suited  to getting us through this crisis.  This is the kind of situation that should bring people together but that’s not how it’s comingContinue reading Cometh the hour, cometh the man – we’ve got the wrong man for this situation

Care leavers always in need of our support and protection

This is National Care Leavers week. I don’t normally comment on ‘celebration’ weeks but this deserves our attention. There are about 2,000 children in care in Birmingham with around 250 leaving each year. Their profile has changed and few of them are orphans. They’re more likely to be children whose parents for various reasons, sometimesContinue reading Care leavers always in need of our support and protection

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