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Changes to the Draft Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013 will cut the minimum statutory consultation period for compulsory redundancy of 100 employees or more from 90 days to 45 days. This will make redundancy and closure easier at a time when jobs are few and far between.

The government pushed these changes through by 11 votes to 7 with the help of two Lib Dems and a Democratic Unionist MP

 

During the Budget debate on the 21 March 2013, Steve intervened to throw doubt on the Chancellor’s latest plans to revive Britain’s ailing economy; as public austerity continues to bite.

Steve called on the Chancellor to use targeted investment to help buoy the economy, and to bring forward the £3 billion lift in capital spending announced in the Budget forward to the current financial year.

Steve McCabe MP has expressed dismay as a motion put forward by Labour to introduce greater fairness into the tax system is voted down.

 

Steve is contacting nurseries and childminders about the Government’s plans to reform how the child care system works.

 

The average family in Britain spends more than a quarter of their annual income on childcare which is unsustainable for many families and single parents who want to work.

 

The Government finally published its report ‘More great childcare: Raising quality and giving parents more choice’ about their vision for reforming child care.

 

The hand-crafted oak barrel, an iconic symbol of Britain’s world-renowned brewing and pub industry, is a reminder of how important brewing and pubs are to Britain.

 

The barrel was delivered to the Treasury by MPs and representatives of the British Beer & Pub Association, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers).

 

 

 

The ‘Generation Inspired?’ manifesto is based on a late 2012 survey the charity conducted of its young Ambassadors and their parents - asking them about their hopes for a Paralympic legacy, and their ideas to improve opportunities for young disabled people. A copy of the report and a petition to affect its recommendations were also taken toNo.10 Downing Street.

 

 

Steve McCabe has signed a motion in Parliament* calling for the NHS to implement guidelines for care and support for people with muscle-wasting diseases and called on the new NHS Commissioning Board to support the development of networks across the country with a view towards reducing costly unplanned emergency admissions to hospital.

 

During Work and Pensions Oral Questions on Monday (28 January), Steve asked the Minister for Pensions, Steve Webb MP, whether the Government was happy with its proposed pension reforms, as outlined in the draft Pensions Bill; despite many working women born between 6 April 1952 and 6 July 1953 predicted to lose out under the changes while men in the same age group will not.

 

Steve drew the Minister’s attention to the plight of one of his constituents, a teacher who will lose thousands of pounds because of when her birthday falls.

 

Wheelers Lane Boys School and Selly Park Girls School voted overwhelmingly in favour, with 78% supporting extending the vote to 16 year olds.

 

Steve is still keen to hear what other young people in his constituency think and will be bringing the ballot to Kings Heath Boys School this week!

 

Steve was one of more than 125 MPs to show their support for Britain’s threatened bees. Last year Friends of the Earth launched its Bee Cause campaign, which has been backed by more than 80,000 people and calls for the Government to urgently to introduce a National Bee Action Plan aimed at saving our bees.

 

Bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants. A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.

 

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