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 Steve has highlighted the costly nature of the NHS reforms to the taxpayer. Professor Kieran Walshe, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Manchester University has suggested that the NHS reorganisation could cost up to £3bn. 

 

 
 The number of NHS patients waiting more than 6 weeks for a diagnostic test across the West Midlands has increased by 324 between May 2010 and July 2011.
 
The number of patients waiting more than 13 weeks has increased by 77 people over the same period.
 
Steve said: “These figures reflect very badly on the Conservative-led Government and their attempts to change the NHS.
 

West Midlands Police used around 10 staff from the private security company G4S to assist with the filing of electronic material from a counter-terrorism operation last December. The operation led to 9 people being charged with terrorism offences.
 
Steve will hope to question the Home Secretary on this matter in the House of Commons on the 12th of September.
 
Steve said:
 

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.
 
 
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