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Following the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Summer Budget 2015 of a £30 million fund to help speed up adoption, Labour’s Shadow Children’s and Families Minister Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) is calling on the Government to pledge support for all children in care and not just those for whom adoption is the best outcome.

 

July is Scam Awareness Month. Led by Citizens Advice and Trading Standards the campaign is about helping consumers stay alert and confident, and encouraging us all to be ready, willing and able to spot scams.

Each year more than three million people in the UK fall victim to scams - on their doorstep, by phone, through the post and increasingly, online. Overall reports on frauds and scams to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service are up 104 per cent from last year.

 

The meeting gave the children the chance to quiz Steve on what it is like to be an MP and what skills employers look for most. Steve told the pupils how lots of employers look for transferable skills and people with a good attitude to work.

 

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MPs from across the region highlighted the inequality in funding the Midlands receives from the BBC during a debate in Westminster Hall.

 

Steve McCabe MP has committed to protect bees in the UK, speaking out against proposed government plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides.

Steve joined campaigners to voice their concern as government ministers look at requests to let dangerous pesticides - known as neonicotinoids - back into UK soil this autumn, despite clear evidence of how much damage they do to our bees.

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During Education questions on the 15th June 2015 Steve McCabe asked Education Minister, Edward Timpson for an assurance that smaller voluntary adoption agencies would not be unfavourably impacted on by his department’s new adoption proposals.

 

Primary Schools from across South Birmingham got together this week to showcase a range of activities taking place as part of the Health for Life in primary schools programme.

Steve McCabe MP has spoken out against a planning development in Selly Oak which would see a further 267 student style bedsits built in the already heavily populated student area of Selly Oak.

Steve McCabe MP has pledged his support to carers across Birmingham as part of the national Carers Week 2015 awareness campaign, which runs from 8-14th June.

 

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend. In Birmingham Selly Oak Constituency there are 10,246 carers.

 

Steve McCabe MP has spoken about getting a fairer deal for consumers and giving Ofgem more powers to protect vulnerable customers.

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