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The latest British Crime Survey shows the biggest increase in all personal crime, 11%, in a decade, which includes crimes such as theft, robbery and violence against the person. Despite this increase the Government is charging ahead with its front-loaded cuts of 20% to the police force which will lead to the loss of 16,000 police officers.

 

Steve McCabe has speculated that disappointing results for the Conservatives at the local elections could reflect these damaging and irresponsible cuts to our police forces.

 

During a Parliamentary debate on the 23rd April 2012, Steve asked Minister for Employment Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP how 1,100 ESA claimants who had died in the first eight months of 2011 were deemed ‘fit to work’ months earlier.

Steve also asked the Minister what steps he planned to take to investigate whether the Department’s own assessment criteria had been applied correctly in those 1,100 cases.

 

 Steve believes there’s a ‘nasty whiff’ about the ‘indecent haste’ with which Birmingham City Council has quietly processed a plan to borrow £4million on a project designed to convert the old Stirchley baths into council offices. He’s called for a pause in the plan until it can be determined that it’s economically viable and has public consent.

 

 

Growth in the British economy fell by 0.2% in the first three months of 2012. The economy has now shrunk in the last two quarters, pushing Britain back into recession.

 

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, said:

“These figures released today are a real concern for Britain, as predicted by many the Government’s policies of severe cuts is hurting more than its working.

 

 

 

Steve has welcomed the joint Consumer Focus/Citizens Advice campaign which aims to help advise people who are falling behind with their energy bills.

 

 

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics shows a 150% increase in long term youth unemployment in the West Midlands over the last year.

Over 4,000 more young people are now claiming Job Seekers Allowance compared to this time last year.

 

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, said:

 

The Report Back is an opportunity for Steve to update constituents and answer questions on his parliamentary and constituency activities as well as discuss local issues.

The new figures come as a leaked report from the Department of Health confirms the full costs of the reorganisation at over £3 billion. New, official figures list the costs of NHS redundancies in every community during the first year of the Tory-led Government's NHS re-organisation. Figures reveal that South Birmingham PCT has already been forced to spend £106,000 laying off staff - only for many expected to be re-employed elsewhere in the system. And this is just the first phase of redundancies - further damaging figures are expected in the summer.

 

Steve joined children, staff and governors at the official re-launch of Selly Oak Nursery School last week.

The event celebrated the decision by Birmingham City Council to support the day-to-day running of the nursery. The judgement follows years of wrangling between governors and Birmingham City Council over the future of the nursery.

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