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

Birmingham MP joins Women’s Aid in Calling for safe Accommodation

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak and Women’s Aid Federation of England (‘Women’s Aid’) are calling for oversight of exempt accommodation to protect vulnerable women and children.  Steve McCabe MP met with Women’s Aid to hear their concerns about the growing number of exempt accommodation providers housing victims of domestic violence without any expertise or experience, and inContinue reading Birmingham MP joins Women’s Aid in Calling for safe Accommodation

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

MP Calls for Evidence on Proposed Planning Reforms

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham Selly Oak is calling for local views on the government’s proposals to overhaul the planning system.   In August, the Government published their White Paper on reforming the planning system ‘Planning for the Future’. This White Paper will introduce a number of measures including a zonal planning system, Local AuthorityContinue reading MP Calls for Evidence on Proposed Planning Reforms

MP Calls for Action to Halt Appalling Rise in Homeless Deaths

Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham, Selly Oak) has expressed outrage at figures released today which show an estimated 726 homeless people died in 2018, a 22% rise on the previous year.  In the Commons he told the new Housing Minister, Luke Hall (Con. Thornbury and Yate) to end the ludicrous Housing Association ‘Right to Buy’ Lottery Project which has already cost over £10M and resulted in only 180 transactions across both East and West Midlands and divert the money to an emergency aid programme. Steve McCabe called on the minister to admit the scheme was a daft idea and a waste of public money and to commit the remaining £190M to an emergency budget to prevent the spectacle of more vulnerable people freezing to death on the streets this winter.

See Steve’s question to the Minister here

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