Category Archives: Bordesley Green
All Saints Church, Shard End has organised a Remembrance Service Church Service, March and Cenotaph Service for Sunday 13th November 2011. This is the day people across the nation pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave Service men and women.
Liam Byrne MP is calling for residents to support our Service men and women by attending the Service at 10.45am, All Saints Church, Ownall Road, Shard End. Followed by a March to the Crown Club and Service at the Cenotaph.
‘This is an incredibly important ceremony to preserve for generations to come. The individuals and families that have sacrificed so much for our freedom deserve the full gravity and dignity of the Cenotaph Service.
We have a duty to honour their memory by making sure our children, and our children’s children, understand not only the sacrifices made by service men and women in the past – but that today thousands of British Soldiers all over the world are putting their lives in danger to protect people from violence and oppression.’
Liam Byrne is asking residents to comment on Labour’s plan for jobs and growth following new unemployment figures revealing the jobless rate in Hodge Hill is still rising.
Under the Tories an extra 753 people are claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Hodge Hill, that’s a rise of 11% in the last 12 months – giving Hodge Hill the second highest jobless total in the country.
The Government’s economic policies have resulted in a total of 2.57 million people out of work – the highest in 17 years. One in five young people are without a job.
The UK has experienced zero economic growth over the last nine months. The International Monetary Fund has warned that if the UK’s economic situation deteriorates further then the Tory-led Government will have to change course and slow down the cuts and tax rises.
In response, Labour has taken action and set out a clear five-point plan to create jobs, help struggling families and support small businesses:
1. A £2 billion tax on bank bonuses to fund 100,000 jobs for young people – which they would be required to take-up – and build 25,000 more affordable homes. Getting the construction industry back to work and providing homes for local families.
2. Bring forward long-term investment projects in schools, roads and transport to get people back to work and to strengthen our economy for the future. Projects like the cancelled Building Schools for the Future in Washwood Heath School, Hodge Hill Sports and Technology and Bordesley Green Girls School
3. Temporarily reverse January’s damaging VAT rise – an extra £450 for a couple with children would provide a boost for our high streets and help struggling families.
4. A one-year cut in VAT to 5% on home improvements, repairs and maintenance to help homeowners and small businesses.
5. A one-year national insurance tax break for every small firm which takes on extra workers would help small businesses to grow and create jobs. This could benefit up to 1,000 small businesses across Hodge Hill.
Now Liam is emailing and writing to thousands of local residents to ask if they think the Prime Minister should adopt Labour’s plan for jobs to get Hodge Hill back to work.
I want to see people in work and paying taxes. That’s how we will get Britain moving again. George Osborne is determined to keep pushing up the benefits bill, costing every Hodge Hill household more than £500.
George Osborne has pushed his disastrous financial plan for 18 months. It isn’t working, it’s hurting Britain and it’s hurting Hodge Hill. I think it’s time the residents had their say.
By cutting spending and raising taxes too far and too fast this Tory-led Government is getting our economy into a vicious circle. By choking off the recovery and putting more and more people on the dole, claiming benefits rather than paying taxes, the Government is making it harder to get the deficit down.
“There is a better way – Labour’s plan for jobs and growth will get our economy moving again and help get the deficit down in a steadier and more balanced way.”
To find out more about Labour’s five-point plan for jobs please visit labour.org.uk/plan
But it also helps our economy. People paying taxes in is much better than having people on the dole and getting benefits.
The Tories failure to get people back to work is driving up the benefits bill by £12.6 billion. That’s £500 for every single family in Hodge Hill.
To pay for their welfare waste they are cutting support such as tax credits for working families, who have played by the rules and done nothing wrong. The Government’s Welfare Reform Bill is a leap in the dark for families as we don’t know how childcare will work for families under the new system.
The Government has got to call a halt to its unthinking attack on Britain’s childcare. Millions of Britain’s parents feeling the squeeze desperately want to work – but literally can’t afford to without help with childcare.
30,000 women have already given up on work because childcare ‘reforms’ mean they’re no longer better off in work.
We have the second highest unemployment in the country. I don’t want to see anyone having to give up work because they can’t afford childcare.
As Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions I am fighting these cuts – But I need your help. Please take 5 minutes to answer my survey on how your family will be affected by the changes by clicking here.
I’m delighted to see Starbank Primary, Saltley School, International School and Braidwood School have all signed up for the School Games programme, a year round calender of comoetition for pupils of all abilities. The national finals will take place in the Olympic Park in May 2012 – meaning our talented young athletes could be amongst the first to compete in the main 2012 venues next year!
To register you school go to www.yourschoolgames.com/registeryourschool.aspx
Today, the Boundary Commission published its plan for new parliamentary constituencies for after 2015 and right across the city, they’ve torn up the map.
Two of our wards – Hodge Hill and Washwood Heath – will be joined to two wards from Ladywood to create a new constituency, of Hodge Hill and Ladywood. Bordesley Green will go into a new Yardley constituency and Shard End will go outside Birmingham and into the seat of Meriden.
I imagine people will be furious at the idea of this pointless reorganisation, costing millions of pounds that will distract attention when we need a laser-like focus on creating jobs and getting the economy back on track.
In our community, we’ve worked incredibly hard building a first class team of councillors and community activists in Hodge Hill that together with me, has helped bring in an incredible £150 million of new investment in the last 6 years for new homes at Shard End Crescent, new schools and class-rooms everywhere and two brand new health mega-centres (in Saltley and on the Bromford), plus local police teams. Recent successes include the £1 million Big Local Award for the Bromford and a £300,000 grant to renew St Margarets in Ward End.
Now the government plans to tear this team apart for its own political advantage. It says it wants to shrink the number of MPs – but it’s stuffing the Lords full of unelected Tory and Lib Dem peers.
I know many in Shard End in particular will be incensed by the idea that somehow they’re no longer part of Birmingham – and have been bundled into a constituency that’s covered by three different local authorities.
My job now is to make sure Hodge Hill residents have their say. The Boundary Commission will take evidence on local views – and I’ll send out details soon. But – let me know what you think.
In the meantime, I’ll be working just as hard as ever representing the area and battling for our fair share.
Today, together with MPs from the across the country, I arrived back at the House of Commons to debate the horrific rioting of the last week.
On the radio at lunchtime, debating with Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, I made my views very clear. Up and down the country – and especially here in Birmingham – our police officers have performed real heroics. But they weren’t confronting daylight robbery – this was flash mob robbery; and it needed new tactics. In this country, we still believe some-one’s home is their castle. And when our fellow citizens are forced to flee their own homes in fear or watch their businesses wiped out, then we have to take a stand and say quite bluntly; we are not having this.
I know lots of people watching the images we’ve seen on the TV will be saying; ‘Good grief; what has our country come to?’ Well, the real answer came from one man; Tariq Jahan, the father of one of the murdered young men in Winson Green who today was a hero saluted by MPs on all sides of the House of Commons. In what must have been one of the darkest hours of his life, he spoke with incredible calm, compassion and composure about his love for his lost son – and his determination to see our city stay calm. In my book, Mr Jahan is the real spirit of our country – and our city should be immensely proud of these boys’ families.
I know lots of people will want to debate the long term issues, next steps and underlying causes. But I’m afraid nothing excuses the criminality we saw this week. Hodge Hill has the highest youth unemployment in the country – and my experience is that the overwhelmingly – and I mean overwhelming – the majority of our young people aren’t turning from unemployment to crime; they’re just trying as hard as they can to get a job despite the odds. That’s because they’re right-minded citizens as disgusted as everyone else about what has happened.
So let me just make one point about the next steps; this has got to be the wrong time to make cuts to our police that so fast and deep. Our Chief Constable Chris Simms has done a magnificent job this week; but he was amongst the first to say we can’t protect visible policing with cuts on this scale. You can’t defeat gangs with policing by surge. We need visible policing day in day out, round the clock and round the corner. That’s why I’ve campaigned every week since I was elected for more police teams in Hodge Hill.
Over the next few weeks, I want to offer my evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee about what Hodge Hill residents see as what we need to do next as a country. So if you’ve got views, I’d like to hear them.
The teachers and Parents’ Council of Bordesley Green school have some big plans for a new community hub based at the old caretaker’s home on the school site. We met together on Friday to begin thinking about how we can start fund-raising for work to start – and the Parents’ Council has already started some excellent work drawing up a list of parents’ priorities. Now we’ll be working together to try and turn ideas into action. Let me know if you want to get involved.
I’ve campaigned hard for more police since being elected as your MP in 2004, we have 30% more officers in our area now than in 1997. So I’m very concerned about the Tory/Lib Dem proposed police cuts. Birmingham Police force is facing budget cuts of up to 20%. Already West Midlands Police Force has 3% fewer officers than last year – and Hodge Hill crime has already risen by 5%. But I’m afraid it doesn’t end there. At the same time as cutting police officers the government plan to elect American style Police Commissioners, which the BBC estimate will cost £136m over 10 years. Not only can we not afford it, but I don’t think the police should be politicised. I’m glad the House of Lords has opposed this plan. Click here to tell me what you think
Liam Byrne’s six-year battle for extra school places in Hodge Hill finally paid dividends today, with the news that the next 18 months will see the creation of an extra 2400 school places, including the opening of the brand new Waverley Primary School which is set to provide a local school place for up to 630 children.
Before the Member of Parliament for Hodge Hill took up the case for local families in 2005, hundreds of children were unable to find school places, whilst other families with more than one child struggled to make it to several different schools on time.
The situation worsened over the years due to the city’s rising birth rate.
After six years of campaigning – which included a survey of primary school waiting lists and numerous meetings with schools and parents – Liam is able to tell children that they will be able to go to school with their brothers and sisters.
“I am delighted for Hodge Hill families that the years of work and campaigning have finally paid off. It will mean that more children are able to walk to school and are able to use out of hours facilities. This in turn means less traffic on the roads and less expense for parents”.
Notes to Editors
Table of new school places as confirmed by Office of Children, Young People and Families at Birmingham City Council
Waverley Primary School, New school to open in 2012– 630 new places
Starbank Primary – 30 extra per year group – 210 new places
Hodge Hill Primary – 43 extra per year group – 301 new places
Ward End Primary– 60 extra per year group – 420 new places (doubling school size)
St Wilfred’s Catholic Primary– 30 extra per year group – 210 new places
Nansen Primary – 630 new places
St Saviours CofE Primary – 210 new places
I recently chatted to residents of Maybank Estate in Bordesley Green during my regular street surgery. Here is the feedback I sent back.
I was down your road the other day on one of my regular street surgeries, chatting to residents about local issues. Sorry if I missed you. I thought you might like to know the key issues raised with me and which I have now raised with the Council for action.
Speeding cars – particularly late at night
Drug dealing in the park and from cars
Street Cleaning is not good enough
More police presence
More for young people to do.
If there are any other problems you want me to tackle, please let me know by contacting me on 0121 789 7287