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Local Government Funding

Government funding to Birmingham City Council has been cut by almost £650 million since 2010. This is the biggest cut in local government history and is more than 75 per cent of the City Council’s current net budget.

To make matters worse, due to unfairness in the way local government funding has been allocated by the Conservative Government, Birmingham is £100 million a year worse off than if cuts were made fairly.

Yesterday I asked the Government that all local authorities are treated equally in terms of the level of cuts made annually. That would mean that Birmingham City Council receives the extra £100 million extra funding it deserves.

You can read the full Hansard report here –…/6863…/LocalGovernmentFinance

Damage caused to Daffodil Park

I have been concerned by the damage that has been caused to the grassed areas of “Daffodil Park” which runs alongside the River Rea and cycle route, off Tessall Lane.

This has been caused by emergency repair works being undertaken by Network Rail, in liaison with Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency, on the River Rea to prevent the river from impacting on the railway.

Several constituents have been in touch with me about the condition of the park and my office, along with Councillor Brett O’Reilly and local Labour campaigners Carmel Corrigan and Olly Armstrong, have been in contact with Network Rail to raise concerns regarding the state of the park.

Network Rail have promised to restore the affected area of Daffodil Park as soon as possible once the works are complete. It is important these works are completed in a timely manner in order to restore the park to its original condition so that local residents can enjoy the park.…/network-rail-vow-to-make-good-longbrid…/

January Newsletter

Welcome to my latest Parliamentary newsletter. In my first newsletter since Christmas and the New Year, let me wish you all a Happy New Year.

Space prevents the newsletter covering all of what I have been doing over the past month. However, hopefully it provides a flavour of some of the local issues I have taken up as well as my actions in Parliament. You’ll find updates on food banks, community transport and other issues. As ever, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me on these or any other issues.

Best wishes,


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Shocking figures reveal 34% of children in Northfield are living in poverty

The End Child Poverty coalition has today published figures providing a new Child Poverty map of the UK. The figures reveal that more than half of all children in the UK’s very poorest areas are now growing up in poverty – compared to one in ten, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates.

In Northfield 34% of children are living in poverty and four constituencies in Birmingham feature in the 25 areas with the highest levels of child poverty.

These figures should shame the Government. We are still one of the richest countries in the world but the increasing cost of living, stagnating wages and changes to the support available to families are having a big impact and the result is so many children growing up in poverty. Government policy choices have real effects and the Government must take urgent action to tackle these dreadful rates in child poverty.

Aldi consultation on a new store in Kings Norton

Aldi are consulting on an initial proposal for a new store off the Redditch Road, Kings Norton.

A public exhibition is being held on Thursday 18th January from 3pm to 7pm at North Hall, St Nicolas’ Place, The Green, B38 8RU to enable residents to find out more about the proposals.

Along with Councillor Peter Griffiths and local Labour campaigner, Alex Aitkin, I would encourage local residents to attend the exhibition to view the plans and share your comments with Aldi’s project team.

If you are unable to attend the exhibition on Thursday, you can view the plans and submit your comments online through the link here –

You can alternatively share your comments with Aldi through contacting their Freephone number on 0800 298 7040 or emailing your comments to