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Growth in the British economy fell by 0.2% in the first three months of 2012. The economy has now shrunk in the last two quarters, pushing Britain back into recession.

 

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, said:

“These figures released today are a real concern for Britain, as predicted by many the Government’s policies of severe cuts is hurting more than its working.

 

 

 

Steve has welcomed the joint Consumer Focus/Citizens Advice campaign which aims to help advise people who are falling behind with their energy bills.

 

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Steve met with Vince Bateson, Head of Retail Gaming for William Hill and staff members Ben and Rita for a tour of his local branch on Alcester Road South.

Steve also got the chance to place a bet on a horse of his choice. Unfortunately Steve’s horse didn’t pass the post first, but William Hill was kind enough to donate £50 to Steve’s chosen charity, Acorns Childrens Hospice.

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Swanshurst History teacher Doug Smith MBE organised last Saturday’s event to commemorate the tragic sinking of RMS Titanic. On that fateful night of April 12th; over 1,500 people perished in the icy cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics shows a 150% increase in long term youth unemployment in the West Midlands over the last year.

Over 4,000 more young people are now claiming Job Seekers Allowance compared to this time last year.

 

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, said:

 

The Report Back is an opportunity for Steve to update constituents and answer questions on his parliamentary and constituency activities as well as discuss local issues.

The new figures come as a leaked report from the Department of Health confirms the full costs of the reorganisation at over £3 billion. New, official figures list the costs of NHS redundancies in every community during the first year of the Tory-led Government's NHS re-organisation. Figures reveal that South Birmingham PCT has already been forced to spend £106,000 laying off staff - only for many expected to be re-employed elsewhere in the system. And this is just the first phase of redundancies - further damaging figures are expected in the summer.

 

Steve joined children, staff and governors at the official re-launch of Selly Oak Nursery School last week.

The event celebrated the decision by Birmingham City Council to support the day-to-day running of the nursery. The judgement follows years of wrangling between governors and Birmingham City Council over the future of the nursery.

 

While Steve was there he bumped into Craig and Steve who work for Frost & Snow Cupcake Bakery, a successful social enterprise set up by the Midland Heart homeless team and cupcake baker Sarah Frost.

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