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Steve has contacted the City Council’s Planning Department on behalf of residents opposed to an application to bring nearly 70 student beds to a quiet residential road.

 

Residents of Serpentine Road, a quiet residential lane in Selly Park, have contacted Steve to object to a planning application which would convert an old nursing home to a student accommodation block with 68 beds.

 

Steve has contacted housing associations operating in the Selly Oak constituency to ask for their views on proposed changes to anti-social behaviour legislation.

 

Following the publication of a draft Bill to reform anti-social behaviour legislation; Steve has asked housing association officers for their views on the proposed changes.

 

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics reveal unemployment rose by 70,000 to 2.56 million between December and February, pushing the unemployment rate to 7.9%. The number of people in employment also fell, while earnings growth slowed considerably.

 

In Birmingham Selly Oak constituency long-term unemployment is still up 16% on last year and even worse long-term youth unemployment is up a huge 43% in the area.

 

Changes to the Draft Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013 will cut the minimum statutory consultation period for compulsory redundancy of 100 employees or more from 90 days to 45 days. This will make redundancy and closure easier at a time when jobs are few and far between.

The government pushed these changes through by 11 votes to 7 with the help of two Lib Dems and a Democratic Unionist MP

 

I created the Facebook group ‘I support Katie Road’ back in mid-March when I first heard about a review of Walk-in Centres and questions being asked about the future of Katie Road. It currently has 230 members. I have spent the past few weeks talking to hundreds of constituents and hearing of the life and death situations which have taken them to Katie Road. Sometimes they got treatment on the spot and were able to go home relieved.

St. Stephen’s Church, Serpentine Road, Selly Park, B29 7HU
 

Three local Age Concerns charities have merged together to become Age UK Birmingham which will provide a range of services to support people over 50. The charity will offer services like exercise classes, a shopping service, benefits advice, carers and support groups and help with gardening.

 

Steve McCabe said:

TS Sherbourne is a Bournville secret just off Dell Road. This unit of the sea cadets was originally formed in 1942 and met at Sherbourne Road, off Highgate. They offer a range of activities for boys and girls aged 10-18. Opportunities include: learning to play an instrument, sailing skills, first aid and a whole range of character building activities.

Sainsbury’s have submitted a planning application for their latest plans for the former Battery Site in Selly Oak (land between Bristol Road, Harborne Lane and Aston Webb Boulevard). You can view the latest plans here: http://sellyoak-regeneration.co.uk/site-plan.php.

Birmingham City Council is interested in comments from the public, preferably before 25 April 2013.

Introduction

Higher energy prices are one way to achieve lower energy consumption, a desirable goal for those who want to save the planet, but higher energy costs hit hard working families, the old and the vulnerable. Is it possible to reduce costs, reduce energy consumption and switch to decarbonisation in a society like ours without exposing the poor and the vulnerable to real risks?

 

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