Constituency

Steve said: "since I was last in touch with you a lot has happened both in Westminster and in the constituency.   

 The plans amount to the closure of one in four ticket offices at railway stations across England and Wales. This will include Selly Oak, Hall Green, Acocks Green and Aston Stations.
 
Railway staff argue that unmanned stations are less secure with increases in vandalism and incidents of theft and assault. Surveys have shown that women and disabled users feel particularly vulnerable at stations which aren’t staffed. This was confirmed by a worker at Aston railway station; Vijay (pictured), who has worked for the railways for 23 years.

 Cadbury, now owned by US firm Kraft, will take on a further 54 research and development staff as part of a plan to introduce new products and develop existing ones

Steve said:

"Cadbury's new owner, Kraft, is creating more than 100 kobs in the UK, with more than half of these coming to Bournville.

THis is excellent news, coming a day after employment figures have shown that unemployment has risen to 1.58 million. I welcome these new jobs coming to Bornville, and I am glad to see Kraft investing in Bournvile and in the local economy".

The school also invited members of the local community including: members of Bournville Village Trust, school governors and representatives of the local community and businesses.

 

The constituents in this area were extremely worried, reporting dog and cockerel fights taking place on the site.

The problem was a complicated one to resolve as the land did not belong to the Council and therefore they could not evict the travellers from the land. 

After being alerted to the problem, Steve immediately contacted Chief Superintendent Kay at Bournville Police and urged him to do everything he could to protect local residents.

The organisation has been tasked with making each constituency more equal in size and reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600.
 
Steve has said today that, “The Boundary Commission has made a dog’s dinner out of this Boundary Review. In this whole process there’s one group of people who have been cut out entirely- the voters who have not been consulted at all.
 
 
 The number of NHS patients waiting more than 6 weeks for a diagnostic test across the West Midlands has increased by 324 between May 2010 and July 2011.
 
The number of patients waiting more than 13 weeks has increased by 77 people over the same period.
 
Steve said: “These figures reflect very badly on the Conservative-led Government and their attempts to change the NHS.
 

The Government’s Labour Force Survey shows that there are now 119,000 more 19-24 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEETs) representing a rise of 18%. 
 
In addition, the statistics released by the Department for Education shows that the number of young people not in education or training (NETs) has increased by 209,000 between the second quarter of 2010 and the same period in 2011.
 
 
Steve said:
 

Dear Editor,

 

I'd like to offer my support to the Save our Markets campaign. The markets are an historic part of Birmingham's economy and part of our heritage. 

 

I share Shabana Mahmood MP's concerns that thousands of jobs could be lost if the Council does not get its act together. I'm sure tax payers don't want to foot a benefits bill for market traders who want to work  - they'd rather see traders working and contributing to the local economy.

 

The programme will assist small and medium sized businesses.
 
Birmingham City Council has established a telephone number at Steve’s request to assist with any businesses which have had difficulties as a result of the disorder.
 
The Business Rates Hardship Relief Fund and the Financial Recovery Fund can provide help with business rates, financing building repairs and assistance to encourage customers to return to the affected areas.
 
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