Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, is encouraging thousands of smokers in the area to ‘swap fags for swag’ by quitting on No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March.


Steve is urging constituents to sign up to Birmingham and Solihull Together’s collective switching scheme, a government-backed initiative to help local people save money on their energy bills by switching energy supplier as a group.

As part of the scheme, Steve will be visiting Pineapple Close in Brandwood on Thursday 14 March to talk to residents and encourage them to sign up before the deadline on Sunday (17 March 2013).


The proposals call for the establishment of a statutory code of practice and an independent Adjudicator to investigate and arbitrate disputes between lessees and pub companies.


The Adjudicator will also have the power to impose sanctions.


Steve said:


The current system of self-regulation has failed.


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 MP has expressed further dismay at the flailing economy as youth unemployment increased by 11,000, official statistics reveal.


Steve is warning constituents that they face higher energy bills as the UK steamrolls towards a significant gap in energy production.


Ofgem have today warned that consumers face higher energy bills as the UK becomes more reliant on costly energy imports.


Steve said births per midwife were rising. Figures for the first quarter of 2012 show that 4,600 more babies were born in England than in the same period of the previous year. These figures suggest that more than 700,000 babies will be born in England this year, which will be the highest number of any year since 1971. Even before this most recent rise, the growing number of births per midwife has worsened in the North West, the West Midlands, London and the South West.

I was very happy to attend the Chinese New Year celebrations in the Arcadian Centre in Birmingham on Sunday 10th February 2013. It’s a wonderful event which is growing in strength from year to year.

Despite the poor weather, it’s estimated that around 30,000 people of all ages and ethnic groups attended; some from Birmingham and others from much farther afield. Birmingham Chinese New Year is now the largest celebration of its kind in the whole of the Midlands.

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