Steve undertook his ‘Cost of Living Survey’ between 15th – 20th May in Billesley, Brandwood, Bournville and Selly Oak. 76% of constituents who responded to a survey conducted by Steve McCabe MP have said they are worse off than 12 months ago.

Steve said:

Steve McCabe MP met with RNIB and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists at a parliamentary reception to learn more about the availability of cataract surgery to people in Birmingham.
The fostering and adoption campaign runs alongside National Foster Care Fortnight (16th and 29th May) and hopes to attract 100 new carers. In particular it is looking to recruit those who are able to support teenagers and offer short term care.  At any given time there are about 2,000 children in need of care in Birmingham.  A team of recruiters were on hand to answer questions and offer potential carers advice about what to expect and about the qualities that carers need to exhibit.
Steve recently joined the family and friends of Elsie Webb for her 104th birthday celebrations. Mrs Webb worked as a seamstress after leaving school and during World War 2 worked on an anti-aircraft gun crew. She lived independently at her home in Small Heath until after her 100th birthday.
She has been a lifelong Labour supporter and met her husband through a young socialist society. When greeting Steve she asked him which party he was a member of and upon hearing that he was a Labour MP said that he was very welcome.
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Whizz-Kidz is a charity which aims to get young disabled people mobile. The charity runs ‘Ambassador Clubs’ eight times a year in Selly Oak. These clubs help disabled youngsters develop their independence in a fun and safe environment. This is done through a range of activities including drama, music, sport and healthy living classes.


The Backing our Communities event was held at Cotteridge Church in conjunction with the Big Lottery Fund and other funders.


His criticism follows an announcement by the Council earlier this week (19 April) and reported in the Birmingham Mail suggesting that some parts of the site would be used for allotments.
Steve said:

Steve was there to meet the young people who are involved, the youth workers who support them and run the Youth House and to learn about some of the activities which they offer. He was also asked to award certificates to recognise the time and effort they have put into the 641 Youth House as well as their commitment to it.


Steve said: "It was a privilege to meet young people who are so active and engaged in their community, it's a great example of how a community can come together with the support of facilities like these."


He has been finding out about what they do and how they are finding things at the moment in the tough economic environment.


Some of the places he has visited include: Hoerbiger, RICE Estate Agents, Serco, Education Staffing Link, Magnet, Fitness First and PWC Access Solutions.


Steve said: "I think it's important for me as the MP for Birmingham Selly Oak to listen constantly to local businesses and employers and to support their growth."


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