Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment fell by 7,000, compared with the previous three month period. However in the West Midlands the unemployment rate rose to 8.8%, a rise of 0.5%.  


While youth unemployment fell overall in the West Midlands there is still an unemployment rate of 23.7% amongst young people aged 16-24, and those aged 18-24 claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Selly Oak constituency rose by 0.1%.


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Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) put the number of NHS patients currently waiting for diagnostic tests in July 2012 at 659,796[1]. 583,794 people were waiting for tests in the same period last year; an increase of 13%[2].


You can obtain a copy of the plans from Karen Cheney (District Service Integration Head for Selly Oak, Birmingham City Council) by contacting her at the Constituency Office, 1459 Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2JL (0121 464 9072) or by email at karen.cheney@birmingham.gov.uk.


In July, the Government finally published its long-awaited White Paper, Caring for our Future, and the draft Care and Support Bill. Many ideas have been welcomed and build upon previous commissions and work originally undertaken by the last Labour Government. Most agree that long term care of elderly people is an issue which needs cross-party consensus to work and be sustainable for the future.


The survey focuses on the kind of policing people expect; the crimes that most concern them; and, changes which might occur with the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners and proposals for Business Partnering arrangements.


Steve said

"I’ve had a huge response already and we are in the very early stages. It tells me that crime and policing is an issue which really matters to people. We all encounter the police at some point in our lives and if the British model of policing is to survive it requires consent and public confidence.


Following the recent announcement by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) that the company intends to increase their energy prices by 9% in October; Steve is calling on Ofgem to act and protect the most vulnerable customers from the spiralling cost of energy bills.



Steve McCabe MP has called on the Government to take responsibility for their failed economic policies and put the British economy and British jobs first. 

News that the Government has unexpectedly had to borrow £600m in July, traditionally a good month for tax receipts, has raised further doubts over the Government’s economic policies.



Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey regarding the future of Stirchley Baths.



Steve wants to know what his constituents think about changes to local policing.

Policing in Britain is facing some big changes; Steve is launching a consultation to find out what people in his constituency think about these changes and policing priorities.



Steve said:

“Our Police Force has been at the centre of much attention over recent months. We are facing a big overhaul in how our policing works.



Steve McCabe MP expresses caution over Labour Market Statistics published today, warning that the good news does not apply to the whole country.


While it is obviously good news that the number of people out of work nationally fell by 46,000 to 2.56 million in the three months to June, the story wasn’t quite so positive in the West Midlands with the number of people unemployed increasing by 0.3%.


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