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The scheme is organised by local activist and community campaigner Roger Dennis who has reclaimed the land at the rear of the Brandwood Centre, adjacent to the railway embankment, and is now putting it to good use. It had previously been used as a dumping ground for all sorts of rubbish and had become an overgrown jungle.

 

 

The fall in the unemployment rate to 6.9% for the UK as a whole is positive but look a little deeper and the story isn’t so rosy in all parts of the country. Unemployment actually rose in the West Midlands to 8.2% and the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Birmingham Selly Oak constituency still remains in the top 20% of the country.

 

Steve McCabe MP met with NHS experts in prostate cancer care, and Birmingham community campaigners at the launch of the ‘Hear Me Now, One Year On: Communities call to action to address the burden of prostate cancer in black African-Caribbean and black African men report’.

Steve McCabe MP hosted one of his regular Report Back meetings with constituents at Bells Farm Community Centre on Thursday 10 April 2014.

Steve McCabe MP met with Shamaila Zaidi, West Midlands Regional Coordinator and Rebecca Whenham, Manager of Headway Centre to learn about the fantastic work they do and tour the Headway rehabilitation centre.

With the upcoming centenary of the UK entering the First World War, Steve McCabe MP is urging his constituents to consider applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects to learn more about the First World War. 

 

Pupils attended a special workshop run by local technology education specialists ComputerXplorers where children learnt how to design and programme their own computer game. The initiative is part of raising awareness of the new computing curriculum for Primary Schools being rolled out in September 2014.

 

Steve McCabe MP is supporting Cancer Research UK’s campaign to discover more about the power of research.

 

The Bedroom tax affects almost 50,000 people in the West Midlands and the Government’s own impact assessment states that two thirds of those affected have a disability.

Since David Cameron’s government introduced the Bedroom Tax low-income households have been forced to find, on average an extra £720 a year. According to the National Housing Federation two thirds of households hit by the Bedroom Tax cannot find the money to pay their rents and one in seven are at risk of eviction.

Steve McCabe nominates Masalla Merchant on Pershore Road Stirchley, for the Tiffin Cup 2014 as local people give it the thumbs up.

 

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