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Steve has called on the Government to extend the Warm Front scheme following the news that thousands of families are still waiting for assistance.

 

Thousands of low-income families who have applied for help are yet to receive it; despite the expiry date of the scheme set for this Saturday (19 January). Ministers have also under-spent £50 million on the scheme.

 

Steve said:

 

The motion, moved by Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Maria Eagle MP and debated on Wednesday, called on the Government to ban train operators from increasing fares beyond strict limits, specifically, a pre-determined cap.

 

The motion also called on the Government to rule out introducing a ‘super peak’ fare in which commuters will be charged even higher fares during commuting hours than at present.

 

Steve is urging residents in his constituency to pack peace of mind when purchasing their holidays this year, by making sure they book an ATOL-protected trip.

 

In the past working-age benefits and tax credits have been up-rated each April in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The Government plans instead to up-rate the majority of these benefits by 1% for the next three years. This exposes those on modest incomes to ‘inflation risk’, if the current forecasts of inflation are accurate this will mean a cumulative 4% real cut in the benefits affected.

 

During Treasury Questions last week, Steve asked David Gauke MP, the Minister responsible for taxation and HMRC, “is cutting maternity pay part of the Government’s strategy to support stable families?”

 

 

Birmingham Labour MPs clashed with the Local Government Secretary in angry Commons scenes following the announcement of the local government funding settlement. Birmingham stands to lose almost half its council spending power when compared to richer boroughs in the south of the country.

 

School children from across the Birmingham Selly Oak constituency took part in the annual competition to design Steve McCabe MP’s Christmas card.

 

Steve and the Tabler’s were making the rounds in Brandwood with the Santa Sleigh Collection team asking people to donate whatever they could spare to support a local charity.

 

Steve has expressed concern at the news that 300,000 homes may be pushed into fuel poverty this Christmas.

 

The Fuel Poverty Advisory Group (FPAG), who advises the Government on the issue, has warned that 300,000 homes will be pushed into fuel poverty this Christmas. The Chairman of the FPAG has said that the rising cost of gas and electricity; depressed housing incomes; and public sector cuts are to blame for the squeeze.

 

Steve has welcomed the level of response to a constituency-wide consultation on the Government’s proposals to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples.

 

Last week, Steve ran a constituency-wide consultation on the Government’s proposals to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples. The survey follows a consultation exercise with religious and faith groups in Billesley, Bournville, Brandwood and Selly Oak; as well as a Facebook poll.

 

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