Energy price hikes, homelessness and HS2 dominate Steve McCabe MP Report Back Event

Steve McCabe MP hosted one of his regular report back events with constituents at Kings Heath Boys School on Saturday 26 October 2013.

Over 30 people attended the event, where Steve talked about the work he has been doing in his constituency, in Parliament and in his new role as Shadow Minister for Children and Families. This was followed by a very lively question and answer session, where a variety of issues were covered, in particular; concerns over energy price hikes, HS2 and homelessness.

Several constituents passionately expressed their dissatisfaction with the ever increasing energy prices and Steve shared their concerns about the impact rising energy prices are having on his constituents. Through his work in his constituency, Steve has been contacted by many pensioners who are worried about how they will afford heating during the winter after the news that energy companies are scrapping special pensioner tariffs due to the Government’s energy plans.

Steve asked constituents what they thought of the HS2 rail project. He was very surprised to find that two thirds had doubts about the cost of the project and whether or not this was the right time for such a project. Others were pro-HS2 on the basis that they thought it would connect the country and bring jobs to Birmingham.

Homelessness was also high on the agenda, with many constituents concerned about the visible increase of homeless people in the constituency and the growing number of food banks. Constituents said that they have seen an increase in begging and rummaging in bins for food in the past few months. This observation correlates with The Trussell Trust’s findings that since the welfare reforms came into effect on April 1st, the number of those using food banks has tripled; Steve agreed that this was an indictment of the government’s policies.

Other issues that were addressed included: Anti Social Behaviour, social care, local transport, education and the local environment.

Speaking after the event, Steve McCabe MP said:

“It was great to see so many constituents so lively and passionate at the Report Back event and to hear their views on local and national issues. The Report Back sessions are a fantastic opportunity to engage with my constituents and to find out what is really happening on the ground outside of the Westminster bubble.

“Many of my constituents are concerned about how they will afford their energy and food bills which shows that the relentless rise in the cost of living is something this government cannot continue to ignore. As always, I will use the points raised by my constituents to inform my work in Parliament and I look forward to the next one on 21 November in Bournville.”

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