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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 has written to over 200 charities and community groups who have activities in the Birmingham Selly Oak constituency to assess the health of the third and voluntary sector in the local area.

 

The letter comes as charities and community groups continue to struggle in a climate of public austerity; as central Government and local authority grants and funding are cut; whilst people are less able to donate to good causes as wages get squeezed.

 

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.

 

A few constituents have contacted me to ask about the plans the Post Office has to close the Post Office in Kings Heath and ask a local business to take on responsibility for providing a post office service in the area.

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.

 

I'm walking a 10 mile sponsored walk with Labour Councillors and Labour Party members on Sunday 05 May to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, who do vital work to support people who have cancer. We will be walking a 10 mile section of the Birmingham Canal system.

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics showed the economy grew by just 0.3% in the first three months of the year.

 

This news comes shortly after the Fitch credit ratings agency downgraded the UK’s AAA rating due to a weaker economic and fiscal outlook.

 

This isn’t the only bad news the economy has had in so many days which came after the International Monetary Fund slashed its forecast for growth from 1% to 0.7% in 2013.

 

Steve McCabe held one of his regular Report Back events in Selly Park on Thursday 18 April at St. Stephen’s Church, Serpentine Road. It was well-attended by local residents. The meeting opened with a summary of events at Westminster and key issues in the constituency.

Steve has signed up to the Fair Trade Beyond 2015 declaration; which calls for world leaders to construct a stronger global development framework in 2015

 

The declaration calls on world leaders to put in place a new global development framework following the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

 

The declaration will be sent, together with a list of signatories, to world leaders participating in the UN High Level Meeting of the General Assembly in September 2013.

 

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Steve has contacted the City Council’s Planning Department on behalf of residents opposed to an application to bring nearly 70 student beds to a quiet residential road.

 

Residents of Serpentine Road, a quiet residential lane in Selly Park, have contacted Steve to object to a planning application which would convert an old nursing home to a student accommodation block with 68 beds.

 

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