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East Birmingham Growth Prospectus – 24 February 2015

 

Dear friends,

I wanted to share with you a copy of the East Birmingham Growth Prospectus which I launched this morning. 

East Brum Prospectus for Growth Front Cover

 

This is the biggest plan for jobs in East Birmingham we’ve ever had. It was hard fought. But by demanding the government, the Council and HS2 pull together we’ve got an amazing plan for jobs and skills. At Washwood Heath we’ve forced HS2 to look at new plans to ensure 2,334 jobs are created rather than a giant train carpark – plus a £1 million investment in skills for local people and the City Council’s regeneration plan. It’s a once in a generation opportunity to transform our local economy.

LB with Cllrs and MPs at WashwoodHeath

Liam with Jack Dromey MP, Shabana Mahmood MP and Cllrs Ansar Ali Khan and Mohammed Idrees at the old LDV site in Washwood Heath – a centrepiece of the new plan

 

You can find the full press release with statements from Shabana Mahmood MP and Jack Dromey MP here.

 

The news was covered by both the Birmingham Post and the Birmingham Mail.

 

Washwood Heath jobs boost as HS2 gives up claim on development land

HS2 land freed to create over 2,000 jobs in Washwood Heath

 

With all best wishes

 

Liam

 

Birmingham Labour sets out bold plans for 9,000 jobs in East Birmingham – 24 February 2015

 

Birmingham Labour sets out bold plans for 9,000 jobs in East Birmingham

 

The City Council’s East Birmingham Growth Prospectus, backed by a new plan for the old LDV-Alstom marshalling yard, and £1 million skills investment by the government was launched today by East Birmingham’s three MP’s and Council leader, Sir Albert Bore.

 

Liam Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, who has spent the last three years helping nurture and coordinate the plans today heralded the breakthrough as a ‘triple win’ for the city.

 

The plan has identified 3.7 million sq.ft of new employment floorspace as home for 9,000 new jobs including 3,000 jobs at Bordesley Park, and 1,000 new homes and improvements to local community and shopping provision in the Eastern Triangle – including Shard End.

 

Alongside the City Council’s East Birmingham Growth Prospectus, the MP’s have secured Parliamentary backing for a Plan B at the old LDV-Alstom marshalling yard, creating space for 2,334 jobs, and £1 million for investment in skills to be delivered through a new joint venture, chaired by Council chief executive, Mark Rogers.

 

Speaking at the former Alstom and LDV site in Washwood Heath,

 

Liam Byrne MP said: “This is the biggest plan for jobs in East Birmingham we’ve ever had. It was hard fought. But by demanding the government, the Council and HS2 pull together we’ve got an amazing plan for jobs and skills. Here at Washwood Heath we’ve forced HS2 to look at new plans to ensure 2,334 jobs are created rather than a giant train carpark – plus a £1 million investment in skills for local people and the City Council’s regeneration plan. It’s a once in a generation opportunity to transform our local economy.”

 

Jack Dromey MP said: “Our city has a great industrial tradition. We want Birmingham once again to be the workshop of the world, the city of a thousand trades. The constituencies we are proud to represent suffer from high unemployment and an acute shortage of affordable housing. This bold joint-initiative with Birmingham City Council will create badly-needed jobs and build baldy-needed homes, transforming East Birmingham into an economic power-house.”

 

Shabana Mahmood MP said: “Unemployment and worklessness has remained stubbornly high in East Birmingham for too long. This detailed plan for jobs provides a real opportunity; it recognises that it’s not enough to give people skills, we have to ensure there are skilled jobs for them to go into as well. In addition, we will keep up our pressure on HS2 bosses to ensure that the old LDV-Alston marshalling yard is used to create even more jobs locally – rather than the giant train carpark some envisage.”

 

Notes:

1)      Contact Deborah Harries at Birmingham City Council for further details on the East Birmingham Growth Prospectus. deborah.harries@birmingham.gov.uk, 0121 303 4777.

2)      Liam Byrne MP, Jack Dromey MP and Shabana Mahmood MP, as well as a number of local council candidates will be doing a photocall at the Washwood Heath / old LDV site on Tuesday morning at 10:15

3)      For further details please contact James Pignon at james.pignon@parliament.uk or on 0207 219 6953

Constituency Wide Residents Meeting on the NHS – Saturday 14 February – 11:00 – 12:30

Dear friends,

 

Many of you will have read, in my Winter Newsletter, about the three constituency wide residents meeting that I am holding between now and the election in May. They’re on the 3 big issues residents tell me that they want me to focus on – and I want to hear what you think needs to change in the years ahead.

 

· Fighting for more and better jobs, especially for our young people who need more to do

· Battling for a better NHS which residents feel is under real pressure. We need it to be world class, especially for our kids and older residents who have paid in for a lifetime

· And of course, changing our immigration system, which I’ve always talked about as long as I’ve been a MP

 

The second of these is this coming Saturday 14 February from 11:00 – 12:30 at The Beaufort Sports and Social Club. Details below.

 

Saturday 14 February 2015 11:00 – 12:30
NHS and Social Care: What’s the service we need in the 21st century for patients and carers? 
Venue: The Beaufort Sports and Social Club, Coleshill Road B36 8DX

I hope you can join me for the second of these exciting opportunities to discuss the issues that really matter to all of us.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

With all best wishes

 

Liam

 

PS. Details for the final meeting are below:

Saturday 21 March 2015 11:00 – 12:30
New Jobs, Fair Pay, Fair Taxes – and Fair Tax Credits!
Venue: Shard End Community Centre, Packington Avenue B34 7RD

 

Byrne demands summit with NHS chief – 3 February 2015

 

News from Liam Byrne MP

 

Liam Byrne has today demanded talks with NHS chiefs to stop East Birmingham health services falling into crisis.

 

The move comes as health service regulator Monitor insists on further steps to ensure a proper improvement plan is in place at Heartlands hospital.

 

But Mr Byrne is demanding further action to improve GP services to relieve the strain on pressurised A&E services, including more urgent care services at local health centres, after his snap inspections of the centres found them almost empty.

 

Liam Byrne said:

 

‘My snap inspections found local urgent care centres almost empty – because local residents know they just aren’t the doctors available.

 

‘Frankly NHS have failed to put down on paper anything I can see that’ll improve things. So I’m demanding face to face to talks to jump start them into action’.

 

‘Our local NHS staff are doing an amazing job and everyone tells me care is often outstanding when you can get it. The problem is getting to see a doctor is getting harder and harder.’

 

Ends 

Birmingham Schools debated in House of Commons – January 29th 2015

 

Dear Friends

The House of Commons heard an update from the Secretary of State for Education on progress in implementing the recommendations contained in Peter Clarke’s report on Birmingham schools.

I was present to represent the parents and schools of Hodge Hill. You can see my words below.

 

“I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement and her offer of additional resources to Park View school to get the teachers who are needed. I know that she would want to recognise a number of parents, including Sabina Kauser, Waheed Saleem and Arshad Malik, who helped to rebuild the governance along with Adrian Packer, Bev Mabey and the extraordinary group of teachers who came in to help restore the schools and ensure that, thanks to their work over the summer, they opened on time in September.

I very much welcome the emphasis that the Secretary of State put on the teaching of British values, in particular democracy and the rule of law. She will agree, I know, that it is important that we practise what we preach. It was therefore regrettable that parent members of the trust were not able to be elected by parents at the school. Instead, the trust took a decision to go through the most mind-bending process of selection to hand-pick parents to serve at trust level. I hope she will now encourage the trust to revisit that decision and ensure that democracy prevails.”

The whole debate is available here.

Yours

Liam

Golden Hillock School to join the Ark network in September 2015

 

Dear Friends,

 

More developments on our local schools this week. The Trustees of Birmingham’s Park View Educational Trust (PVET) have announced their decision that Golden Hillock School joins the Ark network in September 2015.

 

As an Ark school, Golden Hillock will remain non-selective, non-denominational and mixed.  Current pupils and staff will automatically transfer to the new school. Golden Hillock will remain very much part of the family of Birmingham schools but will also benefit from strong links with the wider Ark network

 

The BBC News have covered the move; see here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-31009181

 

Best

 

Liam

My meeting with Waheed Saleem, the Chair of Park View School – Friday 23 January 2015

 

Dear friends,

 

Today I met with Waheed Saleem, the Chair of Park View School with Cllr Ansar Ali Khan on Friday and I was pleased to hear the considerable progress that has been made in both Nansen and Park View Schools.

 

I am pleased that both Waheed and Adrian Packer the Executive Principal have made the commitment of meeting with the parents regularly to update them on work they are doing to improve the educational experience of the pupils and to hear their concerns and issues. It was good to hear that the school has appointed several members of senior staff and classroom teachers to support the pupils, including Dr Rashida Sharif the new interim Head at Nansen, Marie Luise Morgan and David Birch, acting Assistant Principals at Park View School. Adrian is also progressing plans to bring a new interim Principal to Park View and has significantly strengthened the leadership team. Waheed held staff surgeries at Park View recently and was noted that staff morale was improving and that students were continuing to make progress in line with their academic targets.

 

The schools have put in extra help for Year 11 and Year 6 pupils to help them with their GSCE exams  and SATs tests, including evening and weekend classes with experienced teachers. Park View also continues to develop its Accelerated Reader programme, which supports literacy and improves vocabulary. Waheed explained the range of extra curricular activities that are being offered to students including Yr 11 Community Leaders Programme providing leadership skills to students that will give them extra edge in applying for colleges and university places, meeting with Prince William to celebrate the work of the Feast Project, whole school concert and work experience practise interviews.

 

I raised the issue of community use of the sport facilities at the School and Waheed has reassured me that the improvement works are being scheduled and that the community will soon be able to access these facilities again.

 

With all best wishes

 

Liam

 

 

Notice of Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust’s application for foundation Status – 23rd January 2015

 

Dear Friends,

I am attaching a letter from Martin Smith, Director of Provider Appraisal at Monitor, letting you know that Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust has been referred to Monitor to begin its assessment process to become a foundation trust.

 

As always, I am happy to feed in your views as Constituents. If you do have any concerns you wish to bring to their attention, I would be grateful if you could get in touch with me by 15th Feb 2015.

NHS MONITOR

 

First Constituency Wide Residents Meeting of 2015 – Immigration – Saturday 24 January 2015

Dear friends,

 

Many of you will have read, in my Winter Newsletter, about the three constituency wide residents meeting that I will be holding between now and the election. They’re on the 3 big issues residents tell me are most important – and I want to hear what you think needs to change in the years ahead.

 

· Fighting for more and better jobs, especially for our young people who need more to do

· Battling for a better NHS which residents feel is under real pressure. We need it to be world class, especially for our kids and older residents who have paid in for a lifetime

· And of course, changing our immigration system, which I’ve always talked about as long as I’ve been a MP

 

The first of these is this coming Saturday 24 January from 11:00 – 12:30 at St Margarets Heritage Hall. Details below.

Saturday 24 January 2015 11:00 – 12:30
Immigration: What needs to change?
Venue: St Margarets Heritage Hall, St Margarets Road B8 2BA

I hope you can join me for the first of these exciting opportunities to discuss the issues that really matter to us.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

With all best wishes

 

Liam

 

PS. Details for the remaining two meetings are below:

Saturday 14 February 2015 11:00 – 12:30
NHS and Social Care: What’s the service we need in the 21st century for patients and carers?
Venue: The Beaufort Sports and Social Club, Coleshill road B36 8DX

Saturday 21 March 2015 11:00 – 12:30
New Jobs, Fair Pay, Fair Taxes – and Fair Tax Credits!
Venue: Shard End Community Centre, Packington Avenue B34 7RD

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Unemployment figures – January 2015

Dear Friends,

I thought I’d share with you the latest unemployment figures for Hodge Hill from the House of Commons Library.

The total number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in January 2015 was 4,453. This represents a rate of 9.8% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 5th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

The number of claimants is 1473 lower than in January 2014 and 99 higher than in December 2014.  These data are not seasonally adjusted.

All the best,

Liam

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