My speech to Parliament on Monday March 13th 2017

WORKING PEOPLE DESERVE—THE TORIES HAVE LET BIRMINGHAM DOWN In his contribution, the Foreign Secretary undertook a global perambulation, bumbling for Britain. May I bring the debate back to Birmingham, a city of 1.5 million people—I am proud to represent Erdington—the city of Chamberlain, and an ambitious, growing, young city that is determined to build on its strengths?   Continue reading

Birmingham left behind London in investment despite Midlands Engine

Today plans were announced to invest £392 million across the Midlands through the Local Growth Fund. There is widespread support for some measures that have been taken, not least because MPs have worked with local authorities, LEPs and employers to secure investment and devolved powers for the Midlands. Continue reading

Tory boasts about the economy don’t ring true in Birmingham

Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington and Shadow Minister for Labour, said: "Tories boast that the economy is going well but their claims don’t ring true in Birmingham. The city is a great place to work and live, but we’ve not been dealt a fair hand from the Government. Average wages have fallen in real terms from £517 to £497 in the West Midlands and unemployment is up 10,000.  Continue reading

Erdington Health and Wellbeing Walk-In Centre saved for a second time

The Erdington Health and Wellbeing Walk–In Centre has been saved for a second time after being under threatfor four years. After the efforts and campaigns involving 4,000 local people, led by Jack Dromey MP it has never closed its doors to people seeking treatment. Continue reading

Birmingham goes into the festive season fearing a bleak New Year - Theresa May's treatment of the City is more like Ebenezer Scrooge

Labour MP Jack Dromey, has said that chronic underfunding of UK councils and services by the Government is hitting Birmingham especially hard. At a time when Birmingham City Council is facing a funding crisis next year, this month the Tories published a Local Government Settlement that hit our city particularly severely. Leader of the Council, Cllr John Clancy, said that Birmingham received a 4.8% cut in spending power per dwelling. Essential services in the city such as social care are faced being cut in half, letting down thousands of Brummies in desperate need of social care.  Continue reading

Birmingham charities: local government cuts mean soaring risk of homeless deaths

Birmingham City Council are facing a funding black hole of £150 million next year. By 2020 the council will have made £800m worth of cuts since the era of austerity began in 2010, and expects to have lost 50% of its grant from central government. This means that the already reduced Supporting People Fund is being considered for cuts. If this fund is further slashed, providers have said that schemes providing secure accommodation will close, leaving people on the street. 6% of all homeless people in the UK live in Birmingham. Continue reading

Disappointment as Birmingham nurseries lose out on Government funding to Theresa May’s Maidenhead constituency

New figures released by the Government show that nurseries in Birmingham are set to lose funding to more affluent Tory areas under proposals which nursery heads have warned could have devastating consequences for nursery schools Tory proposals for changes to the Early Years Funding Formula are set to slash nursery school funding in Birmingham by even more than initially proposed, driving their budgets into deficit.   Continue reading

Stop discrimination against disabled people says Jack Dromey MP

Jack Dromey MP visited a Guide Dogs event in Parliament on 16th November to show his support for taxi and minicab drivers receiving disability equality training when getting their licence. A Private Member’s Bill that sought to introduce such training was debated on 18th November but was not voted on due to a lack of time. At the event, guide dog owners told the MP for Birmingham, Erdington how taxi and minicab drivers refused to carry them because they had their guide dog with them. They explained that they had missed important appointments due to the refusals and how it had left them anxious and reluctant to use taxis and minicabs again. Continue reading

Nurseries are the first test of Theresa May's promise to improve social mobility

Click here to read about a wintry afternoon at Castle Vale Nursery School and how the government is strugging to pay for its offer of 30 hours of free childcare for working parents

Autumn statement: Birmingham MPs warn leisure centres, libraries and social care are close to collapse

Click here to read about the Birmingham MPs letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond to warn of 'catastrophe' for the city if he doesn't step in and help