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The Government’s Labour Force Survey shows that there are now 119,000 more 19-24 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEETs) representing a rise of 18%. 
 
In addition, the statistics released by the Department for Education shows that the number of young people not in education or training (NETs) has increased by 209,000 between the second quarter of 2010 and the same period in 2011.
 
 
Steve said:
 

Dear Editor,

 

I'd like to offer my support to the Save our Markets campaign. The markets are an historic part of Birmingham's economy and part of our heritage. 

 

I share Shabana Mahmood MP's concerns that thousands of jobs could be lost if the Council does not get its act together. I'm sure tax payers don't want to foot a benefits bill for market traders who want to work  - they'd rather see traders working and contributing to the local economy.

 

The programme will assist small and medium sized businesses.
 
Birmingham City Council has established a telephone number at Steve’s request to assist with any businesses which have had difficulties as a result of the disorder.
 
The Business Rates Hardship Relief Fund and the Financial Recovery Fund can provide help with business rates, financing building repairs and assistance to encourage customers to return to the affected areas.
 
Figures newly released today show that the total rate of unemployment in 16-64 year olds has increased by 0.1% to 7.9% for the three months up to June 2011. The figure increased by 38,000 in the same period to reach 2.49 million.
 
Youth unemployment has increased by 15,000 a 0.2% increase to 20.2%.There are now 949,000 16-24 year olds without work in the United Kingdom.
 
In particular, the Committee is interested in investigating police relations with the communities that have been affected by the disorder and the role of organised groups in promoting violence and looting. 
 
The matter of whether the police were constrained in their actions because of the young age of some of the rioters will also be investigated. 
 
I want to make clear my total condemnation of those who have been engaged in violence, disorder and looting on the streets of Birmingham. In the early hours of Wednesday 10th August, this culminated in the deaths of three young men in the Winson Green area. There are no excuses for this excess of criminal behaviour and it cannot be tolerated.
 
People in the Redwood Road and Redwood Close area of Cotteridge have been horrified to wake up and find huge lighting columns outside their bedroom windows or blocking their drives.
 
 

The home which was owned by Southern Cross is now expected to revert to previous owners Bond Care.

Manager Marlene Myers invited Steve to attend after he contacted her to ask how things were.

Steve said, ‘This is a well run home. Marlene and her staff do an excellent job and the elderly people I spoke to and their relatives were full of praise about the standards of care at their home.

The project which operates as a ‘not for profit’ Community Business, run by local workers, parents and carers,  offers high quality and affordable childcare and a venue for training and support for local parents and carers.The extension was funded through a partnership with the city council and the Third Sector Capital fund set up by the previous government. It’s services are available from 8am to 6pm, 5 days per week, 48 weeks per year.

 

Mr Dilnot spoke about the report and the importance of taking his proposals forward in to law.
 
Steve said:
 
“It is important that the work of the Dilnot Commission is carried forward and his proposals implemented in law to ensure that we provide dignity in retirement for everyone in Britain.”
 
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