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Steve is now working to stop the Conservative-led Government’s plans to force Birmingham City Council into paying for a referendum.

 

Steve said: “This is absolutely scandalous. The Government has cut Birmingham City Council’s budget but now expects us to pay for a Mayoral referendum which the Government is insisting Birmingham holds.”

 

Attending a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry at Parliament, Steve discovered how local targeted schemes are being used to tackle oral health inequalities.
 
The meeting heard from Dr Colette Bridgman, Consultant in Dental Public Health, who highlighted the extent of oral health inequalities that exist amongst children across the UK. In Birmingham, water fluoridation has ensured that the level of tooth decay in 12-15 year olds has dropped dramatically over the last 20 years.
 

In the early 80s I worked with unemployed young people in Wolverhampton. It had a profound impact on me as I witnessed a generation denied the life chances and opportunities they deserved. Youth unemployment continued to rise for four years after that recession. A recent poll for the Independent on Sunday reveals that 8 out of 10 people believe it's harder for youngsters to get a job now than 20 years ago. Three quarters want a tax on bankers' bonuses to help fight youth unemployment.

Steve lent his support to Abbeyfield Week 2011 by taking part in a generational skills swap in Parliament. Steve was joined by the actor and Abbeyfield patron Geoffrey Palmer in Parliament to raise awareness of this innovative scheme, which brings together older and younger people to encourage them to swap invaluable skills.
 
He is backing Friends of the Earth’s call for key changes to the Energy Bill currently being debated in Parliament.  The environmental campaigning charity wants the Government to lead a nationwide refurb to make sure no one lives in a cold home – and to beef up support to help councils tackle climate change in their areas.
 
Steve said:
 
“The Government’s Energy Bill needs to be overhauled to make sure our homes and communities get the green refurb needed to help fight climate change.

Steve McCabe has intervened in a Parliamentary debate on elected mayors to demand that the Coalition scraps the idea of appointing a Shadow Mayor in Birmingham by the end of 2011. The provision is part of the Localism Bill currently being debated in Parliament. Steve has also put down two Parliamentary questions to ask how much the introduction of shadow mayors will cost Birmingham taxpayers.

 

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe today paid a visit to Selly Oak Trust School to meet with year 10 and 6th Form pupils to take part in a Question Time event where youngsters demonstrated a wide knowledge of current affairs and concerns. Questions ranged from: Why has Educational Maintenance Allowance been abolished? What will happen to our school transport? Are the cuts going to affect our school? What does an MP do and how much are you paid? Did Labour leave the country in debt? Have you met David Cameron and what do you think of him?

Steve has challenged the Government again during Home Office questions to rethink its policy to introduce elected Police Commissioners.

Steve asked Home Secretary Teresa May to think again during the debate on Monday.

Following the debate Steve said:

"I oppose, and will continue to oppose, Police and Crime Commissioners.

"The Government's policy gives a great deal of power to one politician, responsible for whole regions and millions of people, with no real checks and balances on their actions.

Young people aged 15 – 24 are more likely to die in a preventable road crash than they are to die for any other single cause. Whilst young people account for 12% of licence holders they are involved in one in four road deaths and serious injuries. Every year more than 3,300 young drivers and passengers aged 17-24 are killed or suffer a life-changing serious injury as a result of a road crash.
 
"As I told my constituents, this is not the most important issue in my postbag but, nevertheless, I wanted to take a 'snap shot' of what my constituents are thinking.  I undertook an online survey last week and this was the result."

 
"51% were against plans to change the voting system to the Alternative Vote, 32% supported the change and 17% were just not sure.
 
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