Delivered by trained volunteers, the ChildLine Schools Service aims to visit every primary school in the West Midlands by 2016 to help 9-11 year olds understand abuse in all its forms, and have the knowledge of where to get help if they need it. The service has already visited 15 schools in the Selly Oak constituency and reached 1,180 pupils in Years 5 and 6 through its assemblies and workshops.

Local MP Steve McCabe MP was invited by B30 Foodbank, based at Cotteridge Church, to see their service first hand and talk to volunteers about why they give up their time to help.


Figures released by the Office for National Statistics today, Wednesday 22 January, reveal, that while nationally more people are getting into employment, in Selly Oak constituency a mere 25 people stopped claiming unemployment benefit in December 2013 compared to the month before.

Christmas is an expensive time of year with many families feeling the pinch more so than ever before, it is really important that people who are eligible for home heating assistance are actually receiving this extra help!
9,000 homes in Birmingham Selly Oak constituency are eligible for assistance from their energy supplier with heating and insulating their homes. Findings from Home Heat Helpline show that 32% of homes in Birmingham are eligible for assistance and a total of 3.6million households across the country qualify for help.

Steve McCabe, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak and Labour’s Shadow Children’s Minister, is reminding parents to make sure Christmas presents like tablets and smartphones are protected.

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Maria Eagle, joined Steve McCabe MP to visit Mondelēz International’s site in Bournville, the home of Cadbury, to meet apprentices, try some of the new Cadbury Christmas treats and see recent investment in the factory. 


Shabana Mahmood, who is born and bred in Small Heath Birmingham, became an MP in 2010 and has since shot through the ranks taking positions first in Labour’s Home Office Team, then as Shadow Higher Education Minister and now working closely with Ed Balls as Shadow Exchequer Secretary.


Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, dropped in to local business LG Davis, Warstock Road, to pick up his Christmas card and have a chat with Managers and staff about the different parts of the business.

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, was up bright and early, but not nearly as early as the staff at Howard Rd Sorting Office many of whom start at 4am, to see how they are coping with the huge pressures of the Christmas rush.


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