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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.

 

Steve has contacted housing associations operating in the Selly Oak constituency to ask for their views on proposed changes to anti-social behaviour legislation.

 

Following the publication of a draft Bill to reform anti-social behaviour legislation; Steve has asked housing association officers for their views on the proposed changes.

 

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics reveal unemployment rose by 70,000 to 2.56 million between December and February, pushing the unemployment rate to 7.9%. The number of people in employment also fell, while earnings growth slowed considerably.

 

In Birmingham Selly Oak constituency long-term unemployment is still up 16% on last year and even worse long-term youth unemployment is up a huge 43% in the area.

 

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

 

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