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 Two women were fined by Derbyshire Police, later rescinded, after a story appeared about them driving five miles to walk around a reservoir while carrying hot drinks.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

Birmingham MP Stands with Businesses in calls to Protect Jobs

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak is calling on the Chancellor to act now to save jobs, businesses and livelihoods in Tier 3 Birmingham.  Figures released today show a bleak trend of rising unemployment across the country. In Birmingham Selly Oak constituency 7.5% of the population are now claiming unemployment benefits, well above the nationalContinue reading Birmingham MP Stands with Businesses in calls to Protect Jobs

Steve McCabe MP Introduces Supported Accommodation Bill

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham Selly Oak introduced his 10 Minute Rule Bill, the Supported Accommodation Bill on Wednesday 18 November.    The Bill seeks to address the problems of HMO’s being used as supported accommodation without sufficient regulation and oversight of the support offered, the conditions of the property and the suitability of the landlord or housing provider. Supported accommodation properties are growing rapidly in Steve McCabe’s constituency where the MPContinue reading Steve McCabe MP Introduces Supported Accommodation Bill

MP Secures Debate on HMO Conversions for so-called Supported Accommodation

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham Selly Oak has secured a Westminster Hall debate on the conversion of family homes to houses in multiple occupation for so-called supported accommodation. The debate comes after the Birmingham MP reports a number of local problems around HMO’s being used as supported accommodation without sufficient regulation and oversight of the support offered, the conditions of theContinue reading MP Secures Debate on HMO Conversions for so-called Supported Accommodation

Government’s Proposed Planning Reforms Overwhelmingly Rejected by Selly Oak

Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak has said his constituency-wide survey found the vast majority of constituents who responded do not support proposed changes to the planning system.  An online constituency survey answered by local residents and neighbourhood forums has found that 92% of respondents are concerned changes will not allow enough time for them to respond to local planning proposals. SteveContinue reading Government’s Proposed Planning Reforms Overwhelmingly Rejected by Selly Oak

Putting City at the Forefront of Medical Research

Last week’s announcement that Bruntwood SciTech are joining the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Health Partners to secure the Birmingham Health Innovation Campus is very good news, especially on the jobs front, in these otherwise dreadful times. It puts Birmingham at the forefront of medical research with the prospect of new drugs, treatments and medicalContinue reading Putting City at the Forefront of Medical Research