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Steve McCabe MP met with young unemployed people at the home of Cadbury in Bournville as part of the Feeding Britain’s Future initiative.

 

This week Kraft Foods is giving around 90 young unemployed people from the Birmingham area an opportunity to gain the skills they need to get back into work, as part of Feeding Britain’s Future initiative.

 

85% of respondents said care for the elderly was either very important or extremely important to their family.

 

Steve has begun to open up a discussion about the future of social care, especially for the elderly. In July the Government finally published its long-awaited White Paper, Caring for our Future, and the draft Care and Support Bill. This is an issue that will affect everyone at some point in their lives and, as the results of Steve’s survey have shown, it is an issue that many people feel strongly about.

 

 

The call comes as new research from Consumer Focus shows that around six million households across England plan to cut back on heating their home this winter due to worries about affording their energy bills. Around 661,000 households are in the West Midlands.

Yet although so many people are worried and are cutting back, millions of pounds worth of help is being left unclaimed under Warm Front, the Government’s scheme to help the poorest households in England to make their homes warmer and cut their energy bills.

 

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.

 

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

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