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Labour MP for Dudley North

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Dudley MP Ian Austin backed a campaign to protect workers in Parliament today, by signing the TUC ‘Dying to Work’ charter, which looks to protect the rights of employees who become terminally ill.

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Since its launch in April 2016, The TUCs ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter now protects over half a million employees with companies such as Legal and General, Santander, Co-Op, Carillion, Rolls Royce, Bombardier, Weetabix and the Royal Mail joining E.On and signing up along with a number of public sector bodies including NHS trusts, police authorities and many local authorities.

The Dying to Work campaign was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The campaign is calling for a change in the law to prevent the same thing happening to other working people.

A number of trade unions and charities, including The National Council for Palliative Care, Hospice UK, Breast Cancer Care and Second Hope, have also endorsed the campaign.

Ian Austin Said:

“It is shocking to think that if people with terminal illnesses are dismissed or forced out of their jobs that their loved ones will lose the death in service payments that the employee has planned for and earned through a life-time of hard work.”

“That is why I am proud to have signed the TUC ‘Dying to Work’ charter to protect my employees and I will be encouraging businesses in my constituency to follow suit and sign up to the TUC’s voluntary charter.”

“In addition, I hope something will soon be done to ensure that every individual with terminal illness will receive the protection and support they deserve.”

TUC Deputy General Secretary Paul Nowak said:

"Serious illness is tough enough without having to put up with extra hassle at work. Everyone can surely agree that terminally-ill workers deserve protection.

"That's why unions, MPs, employers and charities are coming together to ensure that workers get the support and protections they need when times are toughest."

MP backs campaign to protect right of terminally ill workers

Dudley MP Ian Austin backed a campaign to protect workers in Parliament today, by signing the TUC ‘Dying to Work’ charter, which looks to protect the rights of employees who...

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the Government to provide £44 million for the cash-strapped West Midlands Police. 

Austin is backing a Commons vote which would guarantee the funding.

West Midlands Police is not receiving the proportion of funding the Home Office itself states it should receive. Austin, and the region’s 20 Labour MPs, are calling on the government to implement Home Office plans, ensuring the force receives the money it needs.

Leafy areas like Surrey, which has lower crime & risk levels, are currently receiving more funding in relation to their population at the expense of the West Midlands.

If West Midlands Police receives the £44million additional funding it is owed, the force could spend:

·        £25 million to increase police officer numbers by 500 (increasing officer numbers from 6,500 to 7,000 by 2020)

·        £3.5 million to increase PCSO numbers by 100

·        £6.5 million to recruit specialist staff, including financial investigators and cyber specialists

·        £9 million to accelerate the introduction of new technologies to improve the service provided by West Midlands Police, increasing both efficiency and productivity, and to give more flexibility in the estates strategy.

IAN AUSTIN SAID:

“Home Office indicators show that West Midlands Police is underfunded by £44 million. This funding is going to areas with lower threats and less crime like leafy Surrey.

“It just doesn’t make sense and is simply unfair to people in the Black Country who are dealing with rising crime.

“I want to make sure that the West Midlands Police gets the funding it needs to do its job. If the government listens then West Midlands Police could increase officer numbers by 500 and PCSO numbers by 100.

“I want MPs from all parties to get behind this plan to protect West Midlands Police and keep people safe.”

Austin backs fight for £44 million fair funding for West Midlands Police

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the Government to provide £44 million for the cash-strapped West Midlands Police. 

Statue of Frank Foley set to be unveiled in June 2018 in Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge

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Midlands’s artist Andy de Comyn has completed his full size clay model of the statue of Frank Foley, three months after being selected to produce the tribute to the spy dubbed the British Schindler.

The model, which depicts Foley quietly seated on a park bench, will now be cast in bronze.

The statue shows Foley feeding a bird, which symbolises freedom and the people he helped, with a briefcase at his side which hints at his MI6 work.

Major Foley was a British spy working undercover as Passport Control Officer in pre-war Nazi Berlin where he provided thousands of Jews with the documents they needed to escape Germany by bending the rules when stamping passports or issuing visas. He also hid Jews in his own home and even went into Sachsenhausen concentration camp with visas to enable prisoners to leave. He settled in Stourbridge when he retired and lived at Eveson Road in Norton, close to Mary Stevens Park where the statue will be located, until his death in 1958.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin spearheaded the campaign for a permanent tribute, persuading the then Chancellor George Osborne to provide £40,000 to cover the costs.

Mr De Comyn was selected by a panel made up of Stourbridge MP Margot James, representatives of Frank Foley’s family, the Holocaust Educational Trust who have supported the project, historian and journalist Michael Smith who wrote “Frank Foley: The Spy Who Saved Ten Thousand Jews” that brought Foley to prominence, local councillors and residents. The project and commission is being organised by Steve Field, Dudley Council’s Public Artist. 

Ian Austin MP Said:

“I am delighted at the progress of the statue. The final piece should be ready next by the summer so people can learn about him and our country’s role in fighting for freedom, democracy and tolerance against Nazi Germany.

“Many thanks to Andy de Comyn, Steve Field and all those on the panel for their ongoing hard work on this project, I can’t wait until the final statue is unveiled”

Statue of local hero dubbed "British Schindler" reaches next stage

Statue of Frank Foley set to be unveiled in June 2018 in Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge


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