Steve McCabe MP hosted one of his regular report back events at Selly Oak Methodist Church on Wednesday 27 August, where he talked about the work he has been doing over the summer period, this was followed by a lively question and answer session which was dominated by Council issues.
Steve McCabe MP recently got behind Selly Oak’s Sainsbury’s local food counter to learn more about preparing food and serving local customers.
Steve was welcomed by Tom Bathurst, counters Team Leader at the deli, pizza and meat/fish counters. During his time on the job they covered the importance of safety and hygiene while preparing food as well as getting a few tips from trained colleagues on how to make an in store pizza.
Tesco representatives have told Steve they have still not acquired all the land needed to start demolition work on the site and there are still outstanding Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) issues. They say that once these have been resolved they will publish a timetable for when work is expected to start and when they hope the store will open.
Stirchley’s very own Masalla Merchant was presented with an award from Selly Oak MP, Steve McCabe and Councillor Phil Walkling for being highly commended by the judges of Parliament’s annual Tiffin Cup competition.
According to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions, 4.1% of people in Billesley are claiming Jobs Seeker’s Allowance, this is almost double the national average. So while the economy is slowly recovering the benefits are yet to reach Birmingham. Steve McCabe and local councillors want action to increase employment options in Billesley.
As the keynote speaker for the first City Year Birmingham graduation event, Steve McCabe MP has praised the success of City Year UK, a full-time voluntary service programme run in inner-city schools which is making a positive impact on disadvantaged pupils in Birmingham.
Students at Baverstock are taking part in the Send All My Friends to School Campaign run by the Global Campaign for Education. Steve was really impressed by the students campaign and told them how he had visited Mozambique and children there had to get up at 4’oclock in the morning to walk miles to school.