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Dudley North MP Ian Austin stood up in the chamber to call for Parliament to be moved out of London whilst it gets its multi-billion pound repairs.

 

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He wants Parliament moved out of London to bring Parliament closer to the people it serves and boost investment in the regions. £1.5bn is planned for a new Chamber at Richmond House, but Austin argues that this could easily be built in the Black Country.

 

Austin has previously moved a Parliamentary Bill proposing to move 100,000 civil services jobs from London to the regions, saving £10 billion from the sale of expensive London offices and an extra £725 million annually from cheaper property and staffing costs.

 

Ian Austin said:

 

"Parliament badly needs refurbishment and I think we use this opportunity to break the Westminster bubble and move MPs and government departments out of London to the Midlands.

 

"Unlike other countries we’ve got government, Parliament, business, finance and the media all concentrated in London, so let’s set an example and move Parliament out of London – preferably to West Midlands in the middle of the country.

 

“I think that would take pressure off London’s overheated economy and imagine how moving government to the regions could help bring new investment and new jobs to areas like the Midlands.

 

"Most important of all, it would force the metropolitan elite ruining the government and the civil service to listen to the rest of us and find out what life is like outside London.”

Ian Austin calls for Parliament to be moved out of London

Dudley North MP Ian Austin stood up in the chamber to call for Parliament to be moved out of London whilst it gets its multi-billion pound repairs.  

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling for Government action to deal with the dementia care crisis by supporting the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Fund proposal in Parliament.

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In 2016/17 there were an estimated 214 avoidable hospital admissions in Dudley caused from falls, dehydration and infections due to a lack of personalised, quality care.

Many of those suffering from dementia can spend £100,000 on essential care with many paying even more, some of whom are forced to spend all their savings and even sell their home to pay for care.

The Dementia Fund proposed would enable people with dementia to receive crucial, preventative care to enable their continued independence in the community and would help to end the ‘dementia penalty’ that costs people suffering an extra 15% to cover the costs of specialist care, with some coasts soaring as high as 40% for specialist care.

Austin is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society campaign for access to be based on clinical need, not an individual’s ability to pay and is working to break the gridlock in Parliament.

Ian Austin said:

“I want to do all I can to ensure a better standard of care and support for dementia sufferers and their families in Dudley.

“People have worked hard all their lives and should be able to enjoy their savings, not spend it all on the care that many require. I’ll be working hard for people of Dudley to ensure these resources are made available to them.”

 

Austin pledges support for Alzheimer's dementia fund

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling for Government action to deal with the dementia care crisis by supporting the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Fund proposal in Parliament.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling for price reductions for drugs needed by people with the illness Phenylketoria (PKU).  

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Austin has joined other MPs to call on pharmaceutical company Biomarin to urgently review prices for Kuvan after being contacted by people in Dudleu with the condition.

PKU is a rare metabolic disease which leaves people unable to metabolise protein properly within the body. This leads to a toxic build-up of phenylalanine which can cause irreversible brain damage.

Kuvan is the only medication currently available to treat the rare disorder. The alternative is a strict diet of extremely low protein – meaning almost all normal foods are off limits.

For many people with PKU, taking Kuvan considerably increases the amount of protein that they can eat each day while maintaining a safe phenylalanine level.

Last year, NHS England refused to commission Kuvan for patients living with PKU due to the significant cost of the medication, at £70,000 a year per patient.

Ian Austin says:

 “When a constituent contacted me and asked me to support families in Dudley that are affected by PKU I’ve promised I’ll do everything I can to help - This is exactly how politics should work – it is my job to listen to local people and speak up for them in Parliament.

“It is a matter of public record that BioMarin has already generated substantial revenues from Kuvan. It is only right that patients are now put before profits, so this life-changing drug can be made affordable for use in the NHS.

“Kuvan could really change lives but that can only happen if BioMarin lowers the cost to the NHS so I’m calling on them to do the right thing and ensure people living with PKU can get the treatment they urgently need.”

Austin calls for cheaper drugs to tackle PKU after people in Dudley ask for help

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling for price reductions for drugs needed by people with the illness Phenylketoria (PKU).  


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