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Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling for the maximum penalty for the most serious offences of animal cruelty to be increased to 5 years or more.

Austin has long supported increasing maximum sentences for animal cruelty offences.

The current maximum sentence is six months but the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have been campaigning to change this law.

The Government recently increased the maximum sentence for the most severe animal cruelty offences to five years’ imprisonment.

However, Austin thinks it’s taken far too long - despite strong support from the public, animal welfare organisations and Parliament. 

Austin has written to the Animal Welfare Minister, urging him to ensure even tougher sentencing for animal cruelty offences.

Ian Austin said:

“The six-month maximum sentence was clearly inadequate for the severity of some of these terrible crimes so I am pleased that the Government have increased it.

“However, I think more can be done on this issue and that’s why I’m calling for even tougher sentencing for animal cruelty sentences.”

DUDLEY MP IAN AUSTIN CALLS FOR TOUGHER ANIMAL CRUELTY SENTENCES

Dudley pharmacist, Ms Olutayo Arikawe has won a top NHS award.

The NHS Parliamentary Awards recognise NHS staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve health care.

Dudley MP Ian Austin had nominated Ms Arikawe, who runs the Priory Community Pharmacy on the Priory Estate, for the Excellence in Healthcare category.

Ian Austin said:

“I nominated Olutayo because of the fantastic work she and her team do in our community.

“The work the Pharmacy does on the Priory makes a massive difference in Dudley – offering a wide range of services and community work to improve health as well as running campaigns on health awareness and healthy living.

“So I think it’s a great and well-earned achievement for Olutayo and her colleagues!”

DUDLEY PHARMACIST WINS TOP NHS PARLIAMENTARY AWARD

Dudley MP Ian Austin is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society campaign for better dementia care.

Improving social care is vital to providing dignity in older age but the social care sector is in crisis.

It faces a funding shortfall of £3.6 billion by 2025 and Age UK say 1.4 million people have unmet care needs.

The lack of funding leaves vulnerable elderly and disabled people at risk.

Austin has written to the Government urging them to meet the costs of dementia care.  

Ian Austin said:

“I know how distressing dementia can be for people affected by it and their families.“

“That’s why we must put equal emphasis on the care provided to people with dementia and the support provided to their families and carers.”

DUDLEY MP IAN AUSTIN CALLS FOR BETTER DEMENTIA CARE


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