George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, made the Autumn Statement 2012 in the House of Commons today. The Statement provides an update on the Government’s plans for the economy based on the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility.


The Legion is the leading provider of welfare for the Armed Forces community in Birmingham, Steve attended an event in Parliament showcasing some of the Legion’s work in Birmingham Selly Oak constituency. Steve discussed the changing face of Armed Forces welfare provision in the local community, and learnt more about the Legion’s work developing Community Covenants locally.


TeamV is a volunteer and leadership programme, run by Vinspired and powered by young people who are socially aware and want to encourage positive change in their communities. Every year it gives one hundred 18-25 year olds a chance to change the world, one campaign at a time.


Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, is calling on the Chancellor to cancel the government’s New Year 3p per litre petrol tax rise that will hit local people hard when it comes into force on 1st January 2013.

Steve is calling on Ministers to bring insurance companies back to the table, and secure an insurance scheme for flood-risk properties before the current scheme runs out next July.


Steve’s call follows Environment Agency flood warnings for Sunday and Monday along the River Rea; which runs from the south of the constituency through Stirchley, Ten Acres and Selly Park towards Edgbaston.


Steve McCabe has signed an Early Day Motion urging the Government to support Diabetes UK’s 4 Ts campaign to raise awareness amongst everyone looking after or working with children and young people in the main signs and symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.


It is vital that Type 1 diabetes is diagnosed quickly, only around 9% of parents can recognise all the main symptoms of Type 1 – the 4 Ts of diabetes:


The Work Programme was launched by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, in 2011 and was intended to target people who have been claiming out of work benefits for a long period. Individuals are referred to a range of private, voluntary and public sector organisations who are meant to get people back into work.


New research reveals that around 6,600 households in Birmingham Selly Oak are entitled to help with their energy costs and Steve is encouraging people to call a free helpline to find out about the assistance available. Nationally, more than one in ten UK households are eligible for help.



Steve asked the Department for Health (DoH) what steps officials were taking to make the public aware of the symptoms associated with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Anna Soubry MP, a Minister for the Department for Health, responded by explaining that the DoH primarily raises awareness through guidance issued to medical professionals. NHS Choices also provide information on CO poisoning and its symptoms.


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