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Labour MP for Dudley North

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Dudley North MP Ian Austin is opposing Dudley Council's plans to bring in voluntary organisations to run local youth clubs for vulnerable and disabled youngsters. 

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Staff at Lower Gornal Youth Centre, The Source Youth Centre in Wordsley and Stourbridge Youth Centre have all been told they are at risk of redundancy. 

Youth workers who currently run the sessions are now at risk of losing their jobs. Many have worked for years with disabled youngsters, running sessions to help disabled young people socialise and learn new skills. 

Ian Austin said: 

“I am very concerned about the effect these changes could have on disabled young people.. 

“The youth workers do a great job, they provide a valuable service to many youngsters and it’s unacceptable that Dudley Council are putting this at risk. 

“I’ll be working with parents, young people and campaigners to do all I can to get the council to think again.

"You can sing the petition against this here"

Austin says Council plans put vulnerable young people at risk

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is opposing Dudley Council's plans to bring in voluntary organisations to run local youth clubs for vulnerable and disabled youngsters. 

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is demanding the Government give the recent pay increase provided to police officers to other police force employees as well.

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The government recently awarded an extra 1% in pay to police officers above but failed to provide the increase to PCSO’s, forensic officers and emergency call handlers.

The Government’s announcement came after widespread pressure to scrap the pay cap, which has seen public sector workers see a real term cut to their wages.

Ian Austin said:

“Public sector workers have seen the pay cut in real terms over the last seven years, and I’ve been campaigning for fair pay for hardworking public servants so I’m pleased police officers are finally getting an extra one per cent, but other staff should be getting this too.

“As a start, the Government should be recognising the valuable contribution all police force employees make to keeping us safe.

“The West Midlands Police budget has been slashed by £145 million by the Government. There have been reductions to staff numbers but crime isn’t going down - it’s increasing and there are fewer people to deal with it.

“PCSOs play a hugely important role in the community, providing a visible presence in fighting crime. From forensics to emergency call handling - police staff do essential work keeping the West Midlands safe.

“I want to see the public sector pay cap scrapped for all workers, but to make a distinction between one part of the public sector and another, who all play their part in keeping us safe is completely unfair.” 

Austin demands fair pay for police force workers

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is demanding the Government give the recent pay increase provided to police officers to other police force employees as well.

Lock up thugs who attack paramedics, fire fighters or police, says Dudley MP

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Dudley North MP Ian Austin will be in Parliament on Friday to make sure new measures to protect emergency service workers from assault move forward.

Austin has been supporting campaigns by trade unions like Unison, the Fire Brigades Union and the Police Federation who are pushing for special protection for paramedics, fire fighters and the police.

 He has been working with Dudley paramedic and local councillor Adam Aston who has twice been assaulted at work. 

New figures show firefighters in the West Midlands have been assaulted 67 occasions in just six months, an increase on previous years.

Nationally, attacks against police almost tripled in some parts of the UK over five years and new figures are also expected to show that assaults have increased in recent years. 

The new “Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill” – dubbed the “Protect the Protectors law” will give special protection for paramedics, nurses, firemen, police and other 999 staff who are abused, attacked or spat at while carrying out their work. It will mean such assaults are classed as “aggravated” when perpetrated against 999 workers in the exercise of their duty.

The new law will also to require suspects to provide samples of saliva and to make it an offence to refuse to provide such samples.

Ian Austin said:

“I’ve talked to Adam and to fire fighters and police officers who have been attacked at work. It is completely unacceptable and I’ll be in Parliament on Friday to make sure the new law goes forward.

“These are brave public servants working to help or protect the rest of us and they deserve our support.

“A group of Tory MPs almost always “talk out” new laws moved in what is called Private Members sessions so I and other Labour MPs are busy reorganising the constituency meetings we normally do on Fridays to be there.”

Adam Aston said:

"I am delighted Ian and his Labour colleagues will be supporting the Bill, there were over 100,439 physical assaults on Police, Fire and NHS staff recorded during 2015/16, so a change in the law is well overdue"

Austin backs tougher sentences for assaults on public servants

Lock up thugs who attack paramedics, fire fighters or police, says Dudley MP


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