Local MP calls on Government to tackle Child Poverty

New figures released by the End Child Poverty coalition have revealed the growing scale of child poverty across the country, even before the pandemic hit. The research carried out by Loughborough University for the End Child Poverty Coalition shows that in the latest year (2019/20) there were 7483 children trapped in poverty in Selly Oak. That’s 38% of children. SteveContinue reading Local MP calls on Government to tackle Child Poverty

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

Birmingham MP warns of benefit cuts as unemployment soars

Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham Selly Oak has called the Government’s proposed plans to cut Universal Credit reckless, as unemployment rises again.  Figures released today show an estimated 1.72 million people were unemployed between September and November 2020, which is the highest rate of unemployment in five years. Locally in Birmingham Selly Oak 7.4% were claiming unemployment benefits in December 2020. ThisContinue reading Birmingham MP warns of benefit cuts as unemployment soars

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

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

MP calls for payment of Universal Credit after 2 weeks as foodbank usage soars

Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, is calling on Work & Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd MP to reduce the waiting time for people claiming Universal Credit to 2 weeks, as latest figures from foodbank charity The Trussell Trust show an almost 20% increase in usage on last year.   

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Steve McCabe MP quizzes Department for Work and Pensions over staggering £1.7 billion underpayment of benefits

Taking evidence on the Work and Pensions Select Committee today, Steve McCabe MP asked the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Work and Pensions, Peter Schofield, to explain figures that show the Department has underpaid claimants a staggering £1.7 billion.

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Steve McCabe MP questions Minister on Universal Credit in Parliament

During Department for Work and Pensions Questions in Parliament today, Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) questioned the Minister about how the Department will ensure that vulnerable people, particularly those with mental health issues and learning difficulties, are supported as they are moved over to Universal Credit as part of the ‘Managed Migration’ process.

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PM spurns MP’s request to stop 1 million children losing school meals

At PMQs today, Steve McCabe MP drew attention to research by The Children’s Society showing how one million children are set to lose their free school meals under the Government’s Universal Credit proposals. He called on the PM to show some Christmas cheer and intervene. 

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