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One in every hundred adults has autism, meaning there are 300,000 adults in England with the disability.

 

 ‘Push For Action’ campaign follows a recent NAS survey of 1100 people across England, which showed that many adults with the disability are missing out on the support they need:

 

·         36% of people with autism said they need help to wash and dress. But only 7% get this support from social services.

Speaking in the Queen’s Speech debate on Health and Social Care Steve pressed the government on the detail of its proposals to reform the social care system pointing out not all is what it seems. Here's what he said:

 

Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak) (Lab):

It is a pleasure to follow the thoughtful speech of the hon. Member for Mid Derbyshire (Pauline Latham).

Steve has been talking to Day Nurseries and Childminders in his constituency and getting their views on what needs changing and if they think the government’s plans will improve how childcare works.

 

Steve McCabe MP has been probing the Department for Communities and Local Government about the use of the High Street Innovation Fund after reports that only 7% of the £10 million fund had actually been spent.

 

Steve McCabe has branded the announcement by the Justice Secretary to remove prisoner perks as a cynical manoeuvre that has been orchestrated in time for local elections.

 

The Government has set out plans for a tougher prison regime in England and Wales; from November they say male prisoners will have to earn privileges such as daytime TV, the use of gyms and access to cash, by taking part in a programme of work, education, or rehabilitation.

 

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.

 

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