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After hearing Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, announce her plan to ask every business to publish which proportion of their workforce were foreigners, Steve McCabe MP (Birmingham Selly Oak) decided to give the Government a helping hand with their new policy. He asked every Government department to declare how many non-UK nationals they had in their workforce and what proportion of their workforce that represents. Amazingly, not a single department has been willing or able to provide such details. 

 

From June to August 2016, the number of unemployed people increased. Figures show that UK unemployment increased by 10,000 to 1.66 million in the three months following Brexit whilst the claimant count increased by 11,000.

The West Midlands was highlighted as one of regions in the UK with the highest rate of unemployment at 5.9% compared to 4.9% nationally. The region with the lowest rate of unemployment was the South East at 3.7%.

The Great Birmingham Run will return on Sunday, October 16 and is expected to attract around 20,000 runners who will take on the 13.1mile course starting on Jennens Road and eventually finishing on Broad Street. The event will result in a number of planned road closures at varying times along the route. Roads affected in Bournville and Selly Oak will include:

The Selly Park North Flood Scheme has been approved at Planning Committee, 13 October 2016.

Steve McCabe MP has pledged his support for a new campaign to improve accessible bus transport for blind people.

Steve met with campaigners from leading charity Guide Dogs at Labour Party Conference this week to discuss the role of talking buses in improving accessibility. He heard about the experience of a guide dog owner who had missed their stop and been left stranded on a bus because they were unable to know where on the route they were.

Local MP Steve McCabe is encouraging his constituents to go online and have their say on proposals to introduce additional licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

The committee expressed reservations about the associated student accommodation and whether there is any need for a further 340 student flats in Selly Oak. Members voiced concerns about whether the flood scheme has the capacity to cope with an additional 340 students and their water usage. There were also concerns about pressures on parking and the local community.

Local MP Steve McCabe has joined campaigners declaring their support for The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland’s ‘Count Them In’ campaign, which is calling for questions on the Armed Forces community to be included in the next UK Census.

Steve McCabe MP has joined up with campaigners from the British Red Cross for their ‘Don’t stop at 999’ initiative.

This initiative was launched after new research revealed that up to 59% of deaths from injury could potentially be prevented if more people had the knowledge and skills to carry our first aid before emergency teams arrive. As part of the initiative, Steve was given the chance to learn two simple first aid skills and has pledged his support for others to also have the opportunity to gain the confidence and learn the skills that could save a life.

Steve McCabe MP has shown his support for women and families affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging his constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 21 October.

Steve McCabe joined campaigners in wearing it pink this week to encourage people across the UK to get involved and help Breast Cancer Now towards their ambition that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live.

 

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