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The Bedroom tax affects almost 50,000 people in the West Midlands and the Government’s own impact assessment states that two thirds of those affected have a disability.

Since David Cameron’s government introduced the Bedroom Tax low-income households have been forced to find, on average an extra £720 a year. According to the National Housing Federation two thirds of households hit by the Bedroom Tax cannot find the money to pay their rents and one in seven are at risk of eviction.

Steve McCabe nominates Masalla Merchant on Pershore Road Stirchley, for the Tiffin Cup 2014 as local people give it the thumbs up.

 

Steve McCabe MP opened St Alban’s Primary School’s very first bank and offered some wise words about saving.

Older pupils in Year’s 4, 5 and 6 were introduced to the importance of saving money on Friday 28 March 2014. St Alban’s Primary launched HSBC banking services to pupils by assisting them in opening a bank account, each pupil who opened a bank account got their own mini safe to keep their savings in.

 

 From local issues like street lighting and rubbish collections to national issues like the future of the European Union and the crisis in Ukraine, the Raddlebarn pupils certainly asked hard questions.  They asked Steve what he thought on big issues like what we can do to tackle obesity, how we can achieve gender equality and what we can do to tackle ever rising energy prices.

Steve McCabe MP joined Subway in Parliament to highlight its commitment to public health and its leading position in endorsing a seventh nutrition-based Responsibility Deal pledge.

 In a slightly disappointing fifth budget which had been heavily trailed in the media, Chancellor George Osborne had little to offer those suffering from the cost of living crisis or looking for work in the West Midlands.

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Walk down many streets in Selly Oak and Bournbrook and you will see building work being undertaken to convert 3 or 4 bedroom family homes into 7 and 10 bedroom accommodations. This work very often doesn’t have planning permission, doesn’t represent state of the art conversions for the young people who have to live there and takes no account of the likely impact on the local community.

Steve McCabe MP met with Blastbeat consultant, Kit Showande to discuss the expansion of Blastbeat, a musical education programme, in Selly Oak.

Steve McCabe, MP has pledged his support for improving residential care for older Deaf people who communicate using British Sign Language (BSL) by raising awareness of a new Deaf-Aware Care quality mark for care homes. The quality mark has been developed by RAD and Sonus, two charities that support Deaf people.

Steve McCabe MP hosted one of his regular report back events at Grace Church in Stirchley on Thursday 6 March 2014.

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