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  

What has Fracking, the NHS and Donald Trump got to do with you? Watch Central Lobby to find out

Click here to see Alison Mackenzie joined by a panel of politicians including Daniel Kawczynski the Conservative MP for Shrewsbury & Atcham, Jack Dromey the Labour MP for Birmingham Erdington and the UKIP MEP for the East Midlands Margot Parker.

The Government needs to hear the voice of Erdington’s children in poverty

New figures published have revealed that 9692 children are living in poverty in Birmingham Erdington. The End Child Poverty coalition is calling on the Government to use the upcoming Autumn Statement to end the freeze on children’s benefits and to reverse the sharp cuts being introduced to in-work benefits under Universal Credit. Continue reading

Three West Midlands police officers assaulted a day as the thin blue line is stretched ever thinner

Three police officers a day are assaulted in the course of their duties in the West Midlands Police Service. There has been 586 assaults in the first nine months of 2016, up from 428 assaults in 2012. This comes against the background of a reduction of 2000 police officers in the West Midlands since 2010.   Continue reading

Jack Dromey urges the Government to tackle Homelessness in Birmingham

The Private Members Homeless Reduction Bill, that will be debated tomorrow, will improve the situation of many homeless people in this country. The Bill will force councils to demonstrate that they are preventing and tackling homeless through a number of new provisions and measures. However, Jack Dromey will argue that the Government needs to invest in social and affordable housing to allow councils like Birmingham to house the homeless. Continue reading