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Last month, the Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker MP, wrote to Steve to inform him that London Midland had submitted a proposal to the Department for Transport to amend the opening hours of railway station ticket offices across the country.

 

The Department for Transport subsequently approved their proposals; resulting in a loss of an enormous 93 hours of service per week across Selly Oak, Bournville and Kings Norton rail stations (which are situated within the boundary of the Birmingham Selly Oak constituency).

 

 

Steve McCabe MP held a packed meeting with constituents to discuss their thoughts on local policing.

 

Steve shared the key findings from his constituency-wide consultation on local policing. Generally there was a good satisfaction rate with local policing, with most people agreeing that visible policing is an important element.

 

 

Steve McCabe has welcomed the fall in unemployment across the country but warns of complacency as long term youth unemployment continues to rise.

 

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment across the country fell by 50,000 in the 3 months to August 2012. However in the West Midlands unemployment was up by 5,000 on the previous quarter and now stands at 233,000.

 

 

Steve said: “There needs to be a clearer and easier way of taking into account the voices of local residents.” He will now ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to review this approach to planning disputes for items like phone masts.

 

Steve contacted Birmingham City Council’s Director of Planning and Regeneration in January 2012 to outline his objections to the application and request an extension to the consultation period; as many residents had not been given adequate time to comment.

 

 

The ‘Train to Gain’ project aims to help the long term unemployed and single parents gain the skills that are necessary to apply for and secure a job. The project will deliver a comprehensive training programme to enhance their C.V. in order to improve their opportunities in life and increase their employability prospects.

 

Steve is concerned about the scale of the police cuts, which will see over 800 police officers lost in the West Midlands this year, and the effect this will have on neighbourhood policing. 

Steve has been carrying out a consultation on the Future of Policing and has received an overwhelming response so far which shows that these cuts may well result in a loss of the very elements of policing the public values most.

 

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Steve McCabe MP met with young unemployed people at the home of Cadbury in Bournville as part of the Feeding Britain’s Future initiative.

 

This week Kraft Foods is giving around 90 young unemployed people from the Birmingham area an opportunity to gain the skills they need to get back into work, as part of Feeding Britain’s Future initiative.

 

85% of respondents said care for the elderly was either very important or extremely important to their family.

 

Steve has begun to open up a discussion about the future of social care, especially for the elderly. In July the Government finally published its long-awaited White Paper, Caring for our Future, and the draft Care and Support Bill. This is an issue that will affect everyone at some point in their lives and, as the results of Steve’s survey have shown, it is an issue that many people feel strongly about.

 

 

The call comes as new research from Consumer Focus shows that around six million households across England plan to cut back on heating their home this winter due to worries about affording their energy bills. Around 661,000 households are in the West Midlands.

Yet although so many people are worried and are cutting back, millions of pounds worth of help is being left unclaimed under Warm Front, the Government’s scheme to help the poorest households in England to make their homes warmer and cut their energy bills.

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