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

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

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