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Steve is 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. Steve has arranged another of his regular Report Back events so that residents can raise issues they are concerned about; question Steve about what he has been doing in Parliament and in the constituency and discuss his priorities for the next couple of months. He will also give some feedback on recent surveys about the NHS and reform of the EU.

‘I’d like to see a proper employment and training programme designed to offer hope and opportunity to the 1million young people who now face a future of unemployment, low wages and poor health. That would be a Christmas present worth having.’

The apprentices gave a short presentation explaining what they were doing in the factory and at college, and how they are learning more and more about the wider business.

 

The reception celebrated the successful completion of the VELUX CarbonLight Housing Scheme in Rothwell, Kettering. The CarbonLight scheme is a cornerstone of VELUX’s Europe-wide Model Home 2020 Project, which aims to build energy efficient and sustainable housing which is practical and comfortable to live in.
 

UK unemployment rose by 128,000 in the three months to October to 2.64 million, up from 2.62 million last month. Even worse were the youth unemployment figures which have risen to 1.027 million, the highest it has ever been since record began in 1992.

 

 

Steve has been running a Christmas card competition with 13 local Junior Schools in the Selly Oak Constituency. Steve had asked the children to design a card that illustrated what Christmas meant to them.

 

 

Progress, who published the Purple Book this year, are currently touring the UK and holding debates on the authors’ policy prescriptions for 21st century Britain. The debate was held at Birmingham City Council House on the 8th December. Speakers included Steve McCabe MP, Rt. Hon. Liam Byrne and Cllr. Steve Bedser.
 

 

Steve said:

‘I was very impressed with her; she’s only been in post four weeks but seems to have got to grips with her new role very quickly indeed.

 

 

 

The Cancer Drugs Fund, worth £200 million a year, pays for cancer drugs that aren’t routinely available on the NHS. This often includes drugs that haven’t been approved for funding, are yet to be approved for funding or that aren’t approved for a specific type of cancer.

 

Figures released yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), revealed 12,510 people were made homeless over the period of July to September 2011. During the same period in 2010, that figure stood at 11,840; a rise of 6%.
 
Statistics also revealed that the West Midlands had the highest rate of homelessness outside London.
 
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