In National Heart Month, the BHF encourages people across the UK to think about their own hearts and the hearts of those around them. The nation’s heart charity also needs people across the UK to get involved with National Wear Red Day, and raise vital funds for the charity’s life-saving work.


The unemployment rate for the country was 8.4% in the three months to December 2011, up 0.1% from the three months to September 2011. The number of unemployed people was 2.67 million, up 48,000.


I am particularly concerned about the increase in unemployment and the prospect of a generation of young people being written off with no hope for the future.
I have arranged another of my regular Report Back events so that residents can raise issues they are concerned about; question me about what I have been doing in Parliament and in the constituency and discuss my priorities for the next couple of months.

Tackling anti-social behaviour is core business for social landlords as primary investors in neighbourhoods and communities. SLCNG represents and promotes the interests of all providers of social housing in the UK with the aim of ensuring that tenants, their households and the wider community are able to benefit from the quiet enjoyment of their homes.


If you have qualified for Cold Weather Payments since 1st November 2011 and live in Birmingham, you are due to receive a cold weather payment.

It is hoped that local media outlets will support local democracy and commerce and provide communities with relevant and targeted content from organizations and companies based in Birmingham. The service will broadcast on the popular Freeview platform.
Steve said “I’m encouraging community groups, local companies, schools, colleges, universities and media companies to engage with the DCMS and OFCOM to make the most of this exciting opportunity.
Steve recently visited Gordon Franks Training, a successful training agency in Birmingham. Whilst there, he spoke with current students about their training experience and hopes for the future.

The briefing particularly focussed on how to fund adult social care in the future. While it is really good that life expectancy is increasing quality of life still matters and it is important to find an affordable way of ensuring elderly people get the support they need in old age.


The on-going global economic crisis has led many governments to be more cautious with their finances and to look for innovative ways to raise money through taxes and save money through balancing the demands of public spending.

Steve visited the Training facility, based in the West Midlands, accompanied by Managing Director Peter Coates, and Mark Simcox, Head of Training and Recruitment Bus Division

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