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The Government recently announced Greater Birmingham would receive £350 million as part of the Local Growth Fund.

 

Steve asked David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions:

“As bribes go, is offering that huge region less than £10 per head just 37 days before the general election not too little, too late?”

 

 

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The Queen gave her final speech of this Parliament today before the next election in May 2015 and it was clear the Coalition have run out of steam and ideas and are failing to help those most in need.

The Labour party criticised the government for not doing enough to tackle low wages, insecure jobs and rising living costs.

 

The Office for National Statistics today released the latest unemployment figures which reveal unemployment nationally has fallen from 6.9% to 6.8% in the three months to March.

 

David Blunkett MP today published his report ‘Review of education structures, functions and the raising of standards for all: Putting students and parents first’ which sets out Labour’s plans to devolve more responsibilities and oversight of school standards to local school commissioners and away from Whitehall.

 

Steve McCabe MP met with NHS experts in prostate cancer care, and Birmingham community campaigners at the launch of the ‘Hear Me Now, One Year On: Communities call to action to address the burden of prostate cancer in black African-Caribbean and black African men report’.

 

The Bedroom tax affects almost 50,000 people in the West Midlands and the Government’s own impact assessment states that two thirds of those affected have a disability.

Since David Cameron’s government introduced the Bedroom Tax low-income households have been forced to find, on average an extra £720 a year. According to the National Housing Federation two thirds of households hit by the Bedroom Tax cannot find the money to pay their rents and one in seven are at risk of eviction.

Steve McCabe MP met with the Code Club, the national network of over 1,300 volunteer-led after-school coding clubs, to discover more about Code Club’s work and its partnership with Samsung. The programme aims to inspire more volunteers to run Code Clubs in schools across the UK.

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Walk down many streets in Selly Oak and Bournbrook and you will see building work being undertaken to convert 3 or 4 bedroom family homes into 7 and 10 bedroom accommodations. This work very often doesn’t have planning permission, doesn’t represent state of the art conversions for the young people who have to live there and takes no account of the likely impact on the local community.

The campaign has been launched with the release of their report called ‘It’s not a game: the very real costs of having a premature or sick baby’, whichis based on a survey of over 1300 parents and 178 hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales. The report found that:

 

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