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Steve was one of more than 125 MPs to show their support for Britain’s threatened bees. Last year Friends of the Earth launched its Bee Cause campaign, which has been backed by more than 80,000 people and calls for the Government to urgently to introduce a National Bee Action Plan aimed at saving our bees.

 

Bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants. A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.

 

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, has asked the Ministry of Defence what they have done to publicise the introduction of the Defence Privilege Card.

 

 

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, has signed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons pledging his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who died during the Holocaust.

 

 

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.

 

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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.

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