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PM should drop the Bedroom Tax

Over 13,000 households in Birmingham will be hit by the government’s new Bedroom Tax.

New figures released by the National Housing Federation this week estimate that 13,315 households in Birmingham – including 1,375 here in the Birmingham Northfield constituency – will be affected when the tax starts in April. Read more

Future of housing in Birmingham

Thank you to everyone who submitted their views to Labour’s policy commission looking at the future of housing in Birmingham.

You can read our report online here.

We received evidence from a wide range of people and organisations both locally and nationally. This evidence was very helpful in framing the ideas and perspectives which the policy commission put forward as part of the Birmingham Labour manifesto process. Read more

Have your say on the future of housing in Birmingham

Labour in Birmingham has set up a policy commission to look at the future of housing in Birmingham and we want to hear from you.

Whether you are a council or housing association tenant, renting in the private sector or a home owner. We want to know your views online at

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Fuel bills announcement

I welcome today’s Government announcement of a £1billion package to help families cut their fuel bills. These measures will make a real difference for people – including many of my constituents in Northfield. I am particularly pleased that these programmes will be funded primarily by a £910 million contribution from the energy companies.

As you may know, I am one of several Labour MPs who have supported the idea of a windfall tax. I still think there is merit in considering this idea but I am pleased that the Government is taking action that will not just help people now, but also in the years to come.

As I have said before, we need to be doing two things. First we need to provide immediate help to those on low incomes who simply cannot afford their fuel bills. The increase in cold weather payments announced today – along with the increases in the Winter Fuel Payments announced in the Budget in March – will be vital in making sure that vulnerable people are able to cope with fuel bills this winter. Read more