On the evening of Wednesday 5th October I attended the consultation exercise organised by the University Hospitals Birmingham Trust (UHB) on their plans for the future of the Selly Oak Hospital site. About 40 people took part in the exercise; its purpose was to agree a ‘master plan’ or overall planning framework to guide future developments on the site.


Consumer Price Index annual inflation stands at 5.2 per cent, up from 4.5 per cent in August. CPI has risen largely as a result of increasing electricity and gas bills.



Whilst at the West Midlands HQ, Steve met with Chief Fire Officer, Vijram Deniya, to discuss fire control arrangements and enjoyed a tour of the Safe Side facilities.


More than 180 of the country’s biggest companies and business organizations have demanded that employability and entrepreneurship education should be included in the national curriculum by backing the ‘Enterprise Curriculum’ Campaign.
The War Memorials Trust and the SmartWater Foundation have teamed up to locate and protect thousands of war memorials across the United Kingdom.
The effort centres on SmartWater; a unique marker which can help trace items should they fall foul to theft. It is also a highly durable material, which can withstand high temperatures should an effort be made to melt down stolen metals. Memorium 2014 aims to use SmartWater, generously provided free of charge, in a bid to protect our nation’s memorials from theft or damage.
Steve has been contacted by many of his constituents who are angry at the Government for cutting the funding for concessionary travel, which will end on 31 October 2011.

GDP Growth also slowed to 0.1% revised down from 0.2%. Household expenditure makes up about 60% of the UK GDP.


Steve said:“These figures demonstrate the need for the Government to re-think their economic policy.


“While they are telling us to wait it out, thousands of families across my constituency are being pinched by the rise in the cost of living and the failure of the economy to grow in nine months.


Earlier today (4th October) almost 400 health care experts and professionals wrote to members of the House of Lords urging them to reject the changes. They believe the reforms will cause “irreparable harm” to the NHS, patients and society and will put patient care and safety at risk. They also believe it will lead to a more fragmented service.



Topics under discussion included changes to the NHS, unemployment, police cuts and various local concerns.


The changes would involve a project to identify the ‘right’ partners at a cost of upwards of £2millon between now and December 2012. Meanwhile the police will see the loss of 2,200 jobs over the next four years – officers with over 30 years service have already been made redundant and compulsory redundancies of other police staff will start shortly.


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