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.


Steve has received a letter from the Government’s Planning Inspectorate which states that local opposition to development is not the “determinative factor” when making planning decisions


The above statement from the Planning Inspectorate followed a letter to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from Steve; who raised concerns about the decision to allow developers to build an 11.8 metre high telecommunications mast in the heart of leafy Bournville.



The environment agency have issued a flood warning for  the River Rea at Stirchley. At present there are no reports of property flooding from watercourses, but properties may be at risk.


The Environment Agency is warning residents to stay vigilant over the next few days as heavy rain falls and makes its way through the river systems. We have advised the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater.


Steve recently met with Dr Caroline Whalley (CEO) and Hugh Greenway (Managing Director) of the Elliot Foundation to discuss their plans for two primary schools in the constituency.


The Elliot Foundation, a new, not-for-profit organisation; currently serve as the sponsor of Billesley Primary School and hopes to serve Tiverton Junior and Infant School in Selly Oak starting in 2013.


Steve visited Wheelers Lane Technology College and spoke to students doing Citizenship GCSE about campaigns they are working on and asked them what they thought about giving the vote to 16 and 17 year olds.


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