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Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Government to give Dudley a fairer deal on council funding.

Click here to watch Ian's question about cuts to Dudley's funding

Speaking in questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Austin told Ministers that Dudley was facing unfair cuts of twenty percent compared to cuts as low as one percent in wealthy areas like Surrey.

Austin said the figures show that the Government is to blame for council cutbacks including library closures and increasing pressure on social services for elderly and disabled people.

He also spoke up for council employees that were forced to take up to three days’ paid leave over Christmas, slicing one percent off their pay packet as a result of budget cuts.

The MP has been campaigning for West Midlands councils to get a fairer deal on funding for council services, police and firefighters.

Ian Austin said:

“Dudley would be able to do much more on housing, if it wasn’t having its budgets cut by twenty percent, compared to one percent in Surrey and two percent in Buckinghamshire.

“That’s put pressure on a whole range of council services, not just in this area, but we’ve seen libraries close, social services under pressure, and over Christmas, let me tell you this Mr Speaker, hard-working, low-paid staff in Dudley had to take three days’ unpaid leave, effectively a pay cut of one percent, because of this government’s cuts.

“How can they sit there and tell me that the cuts they have imposed on Dudley are in any way fair?”

Austin demands fairer funding for Dudley

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Government to give Dudley a fairer deal on council funding.

Local MP Ian Austin has invited residents to attend Dudley's annual Holocaust commemoration.

A man who lived through the Holocaust will be visiting Dudley to speak at the town’s annual Holocaust Memorial event on Friday 27th January.

Henri Obstfeld was born in Amsterdam in April 1940. In 1942 German troops began rounding up Jews from the city to send to work camps. He spent most of the war separated from his family with a Dutch couple who took him in as their ‘nephew’ to keep him safe.

The event is organised each year by Ian Austin MP and Dudley College Students’ Union and has become a fixture in the town’s calendar since it was first held nine years ago. Last year hundreds of local people heard Holocaust survivor Susan Pollack describe her horrendous experiences in Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp.

The Commemoration is open to all residents in Dudley and will take place at the Broadway Campus of Dudley College starting at 12:30 and lasting until 2pm on Friday 27th January 2017.

The commemoration is organised with the support of the Holocaust Educational Trust. Students from Bishop Milner Catholic College and King Edward VI Sixth Form College who visited Auschwitz as part of the trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme will also be speaking in the Commemoration.

It will conclude with the ceremonial lighting of the Candle of Remembrance as the Mayor leads local faith leaders in a minutes silence to honour the victims of the Holocaust.

Ian Austin MP said:

“It is very good of Henri to come to Dudley and share his experiences – it is always an honour to hear from those who survived such horrific events.

“It’s always a very moving and dignified event, which as well as honouring those who died, gives us the opportunity to honour local and national heroes such as Frank Foley, who fought to free Europe from the Nazis. It teaches us where the evils of racism and prejudice can lead and gives us the opportunity to dedicate ourselves to oppose intolerance and hatred.

“The service was really well attended last year and I hope the same can happen this year. Hearing Henri speak will be a real privilege and something I’m sure the veterans, residents and students in the audience will never forget.”

Holocaust survivor to visit Dudley for annual Holocaust memorial event

Local MP Ian Austin has invited residents to attend Dudley's annual Holocaust commemoration.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is meeting Dudley Council bosses and local police to press for tough and swift action to tackle illegal traveller sites in his constituency.

The MP arranged the meeting after several public parks in his constituency were used by travellers during the summer. The meeting takes place on Friday January 13th.

He wants assurances that the police and council are doing all they can to prevent travellers using parks and community facilities in Dudley and move them on as quickly as possible if they do set up camp in the area.

Ian Austin said:

“Several parks and community facilities in residential areas in Dudley were used by travellers last summer.

“It’s my job to stand up for people in Dudley and I don’t see why they should be unable to use parks and their community facilities be spoilt so I’m meeting the council and police.

“I want assurances that they will do everything possible to prevent these camps in future and move them on as quickly as possible if they do appear. I want them to use all the powers they have to prevent these problems from occurring again.”

Austin meets council to press for tough action over traveller camps

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is meeting Dudley Council bosses and local police to press for tough and swift action to tackle illegal traveller sites in his constituency.


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