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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.
 
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.
 
Steve is backing National Energy Action’s Warm Homes Campaign 2011, which is supported by E.ON, and is stressing that community engagement is vital in combating rising levels of fuel poverty in Birmingham.

The BBC has revealed plans which will mean the loss of 150 jobs and the transference of the Factual Unit to Bristol and the loss of posts in several other departments including radio, current affairs and news. A whole raft of programmes will no longer be made in Birmingham including Countryfile, Gardeners' World and the Sky at Night.
 
Steve has already put down an Early Day Motion in Parliament, intervened in the debate earlier this week and written to both Mark Thomson and Birmingham City Council.
 
Steve said:
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