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The Office for National Statistics today released the latest unemployment figures which reveal unemployment nationally has fallen from 6.9% to 6.8% in the three months to March.

 

David Blunkett MP today published his report ‘Review of education structures, functions and the raising of standards for all: Putting students and parents first’ which sets out Labour’s plans to devolve more responsibilities and oversight of school standards to local school commissioners and away from Whitehall.

 

Steve McCabe MP met with NHS experts in prostate cancer care, and Birmingham community campaigners at the launch of the ‘Hear Me Now, One Year On: Communities call to action to address the burden of prostate cancer in black African-Caribbean and black African men report’.

 

The Bedroom tax affects almost 50,000 people in the West Midlands and the Government’s own impact assessment states that two thirds of those affected have a disability.

Since David Cameron’s government introduced the Bedroom Tax low-income households have been forced to find, on average an extra £720 a year. According to the National Housing Federation two thirds of households hit by the Bedroom Tax cannot find the money to pay their rents and one in seven are at risk of eviction.

Steve McCabe MP met with the Code Club, the national network of over 1,300 volunteer-led after-school coding clubs, to discover more about Code Club’s work and its partnership with Samsung. The programme aims to inspire more volunteers to run Code Clubs in schools across the UK.

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Walk down many streets in Selly Oak and Bournbrook and you will see building work being undertaken to convert 3 or 4 bedroom family homes into 7 and 10 bedroom accommodations. This work very often doesn’t have planning permission, doesn’t represent state of the art conversions for the young people who have to live there and takes no account of the likely impact on the local community.

The campaign has been launched with the release of their report called ‘It’s not a game: the very real costs of having a premature or sick baby’, whichis based on a survey of over 1300 parents and 178 hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales. The report found that:

 

Steve McCabe MP is backing the Alzheimer’s Society’s initiative, Dementia Friends which aims to create more support and awareness for those living with Dementia.

Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, has branded the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement as weak and ineffective compared to the scale of the crisis hitting families across the West Midlands.

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, has slammed Government plans to bring down energy bills, claiming not only will they not help the majority of people but it will also result in the scrapping of  special pensioner tariffs.

 

The Government is set to introduce new rules forcing energy companies to reduce the number of tariffs they offer to four, in an aim to ensure every household is on the cheapest tariff.

 

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