The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills have now answered my Parliamentary Question on the RAB charge on student loans.


PQ No. : 2013/3264                                    


Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of the RAB charge on student loans. (192816)



My attention has been drawn to this great opportunity for young people in Hodge Hill and across the local area. The Matrix Partnership, in association with UnLtd, will be giving awards of up to £5000 to young entrepreneurs who are committed to having a social impact. Try it awards of up to £500 will be given to those looking to test out their ideas, and Do it awards of up to £5000 will be given to those looking to establish a sustainable enterprise.





Since September 2013, all young people aged 16 and 17 are required by law to continue to participate in education, employment and/or training.

The Council has provided me with some leaflets and informational material which they have produced to raise awareness of this change.


There are different leaflets for Young People, Employers, Parents, and Schools. Please use the links below to access electronic copies of each.



Earlier this week I visited Rolls-Royce's state-of-the-art site based in Derby.

This is Rolls-Royce's main site in the UK and it is stunning. With assembly suites and test beds for ground-breaking jet engines the size of a small house the site is truly amazing.

I was privileged to have a tour of the site, see some of the engines being tested and learn more about this world-leading company based in the heart of Britain.



I have recently received the following message from Birmingham City Council on their proposed changes to Starbank Primary School.


"On 23rd January 2014, Birmingham City Council published proposals to Expand by Enlargement and Alteration to the upper Age Limit of Starbank Primary School from 1st September 2014.


Please find attached the statutory proposal  that we have published. The representation will run for a 6 week period.


Thinking that A Levels / College isn’t for you? Looking for options?

Digital Native UK has apprenticeships in Business Intelligence / IT available across the West Midlands for 16 – 18yr olds starting in January 2014.

Please see the flyer for more information.



How many times have you been told you won’t get a job because you don’t have the experience?

That’s why for the last two years I've organised big jobs fairs in the constituency – to bring our local young people and employers together. In 2013, we organised a jobs fair for the whole of east Birmingham – the biggest of its kind. Over 2,000 young people came along.