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.


Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment fell by 7,000, compared with the previous three month period. However in the West Midlands the unemployment rate rose to 8.8%, a rise of 0.5%.  


While youth unemployment fell overall in the West Midlands there is still an unemployment rate of 23.7% amongst young people aged 16-24, and those aged 18-24 claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Selly Oak constituency rose by 0.1%.


Steve said:


Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) put the number of NHS patients currently waiting for diagnostic tests in July 2012 at 659,796[1]. 583,794 people were waiting for tests in the same period last year; an increase of 13%[2].


You can obtain a copy of the plans from Karen Cheney (District Service Integration Head for Selly Oak, Birmingham City Council) by contacting her at the Constituency Office, 1459 Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2JL (0121 464 9072) or by email at karen.cheney@birmingham.gov.uk.

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