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The reception celebrated the successful completion of the VELUX CarbonLight Housing Scheme in Rothwell, Kettering. The CarbonLight scheme is a cornerstone of VELUX’s Europe-wide Model Home 2020 Project, which aims to build energy efficient and sustainable housing which is practical and comfortable to live in.
 

UK unemployment rose by 128,000 in the three months to October to 2.64 million, up from 2.62 million last month. Even worse were the youth unemployment figures which have risen to 1.027 million, the highest it has ever been since record began in 1992.

 

 

Steve has been running a Christmas card competition with 13 local Junior Schools in the Selly Oak Constituency. Steve had asked the children to design a card that illustrated what Christmas meant to them.

 

 

Progress, who published the Purple Book this year, are currently touring the UK and holding debates on the authors’ policy prescriptions for 21st century Britain. The debate was held at Birmingham City Council House on the 8th December. Speakers included Steve McCabe MP, Rt. Hon. Liam Byrne and Cllr. Steve Bedser.
 

 

Steve said:

‘I was very impressed with her; she’s only been in post four weeks but seems to have got to grips with her new role very quickly indeed.

 

 

 

The Cancer Drugs Fund, worth £200 million a year, pays for cancer drugs that aren’t routinely available on the NHS. This often includes drugs that haven’t been approved for funding, are yet to be approved for funding or that aren’t approved for a specific type of cancer.

 

Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), revealed 12,510 people were made homeless over the period of July to September 2011. During the same period in 2010, that figure stood at 11,840; a rise of 6%.
 
Statistics also revealed that the West Midlands had the highest rate of homelessness outside London.
 
Steve is backing National Energy Action’s Warm Homes Campaign 2011, which is supported by E.ON, and is stressing that community engagement is vital in combating rising levels of fuel poverty in Birmingham.

The BBC has revealed plans which will mean the loss of 150 jobs and the transference of the Factual Unit to Bristol and the loss of posts in several other departments including radio, current affairs and news. A whole raft of programmes will no longer be made in Birmingham including Countryfile, Gardeners' World and the Sky at Night.
 
Steve has already put down an Early Day Motion in Parliament, intervened in the debate earlier this week and written to both Mark Thomson and Birmingham City Council.
 
Steve said:
Steve said, ‘I’m never sure what to expect when I do these sort of events but it’s more important than ever that MPs’ don’t get caught in the Westminster bubble but make sure they have regular contact and dialogue with their voters. Obviously I do a lot of postal and email surveying as well as phone and doorstep work but there’s no substitute for a good old fashioned question and answer session.’
 
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