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Veterans’ Day honours our servicemen and women who did so much to protect Britain in the Second World War and beyond. The Veterans will be sharing stories and memories of their past experiences to help the students learn about the exploits of a generation who had grown up in a very different time.

 

 

The number of households where no one has ever worked rose sharply in the last quarter of 2011 to 291,000 - a rise of over 7% on the year before. 

 

Labour has revealed House of Commons library research showing the Government is now set to splurge an incredible £9 billion more than planned on dole payments and housing benefits.

 

Fresh revelations this week confirm:

 

Tory-led Government plans to change the NHS funding formula will see areas with the highest levels of deprivation lose billions from their healthcare budgets, with wealthier areas benefitting from the change.

 

 

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, said:

Following some truly catastrophic local election results for the two parties of the coalition government, both David Cameron and Nick Clegg claimed that they would learn lessons from their various defeats.

 

The latest British Crime Survey shows the biggest increase in all personal crime, 11%, in a decade, which includes crimes such as theft, robbery and violence against the person. Despite this increase the Government is charging ahead with its front-loaded cuts of 20% to the police force which will lead to the loss of 16,000 police officers.

 

Steve McCabe has speculated that disappointing results for the Conservatives at the local elections could reflect these damaging and irresponsible cuts to our police forces.

 

During a Parliamentary debate on the 23rd April 2012, Steve asked Minister for Employment Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP how 1,100 ESA claimants who had died in the first eight months of 2011 were deemed ‘fit to work’ months earlier.

Steve also asked the Minister what steps he planned to take to investigate whether the Department’s own assessment criteria had been applied correctly in those 1,100 cases.

 

Liisa Wiseman manages the Foodbank which has been operational for about 5 months and deals with people who are destitute or in crisis in South Birmingham. This can often involve a range of people who have experienced a major crisis in their lives, including victims of domestic violence.

 

 

 Steve believes there’s a ‘nasty whiff’ about the ‘indecent haste’ with which Birmingham City Council has quietly processed a plan to borrow £4million on a project designed to convert the old Stirchley baths into council offices. He’s called for a pause in the plan until it can be determined that it’s economically viable and has public consent.

 

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