Ian Austin MP

Member of Parliament for Dudley North

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Dudley gambling charity Gordon Moody Association has bagged funding worth £1.6 million.

The Responsible Gambling Trust has awarded the funding to support Gordon Moody Association’s treatment for problem gambling for the next three years. The new funding will also enable the charity to extend its counselling work and offer new services for women.

Gordon Moody Association runs residential centres in Dudley and Beckenham where it offers intensive 12-week programmes to help people with severe gambling problems.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has welcomed the news.

Elaine Smethurst, Managing Director of Gordon Moody Association, said:

“Gordon Moody Association was the first charity in the UK dedicated to providing help to problem gamblers.

“The Responsible Gambling Trusts’s support will enable us to provide residential treatment for many more problem gamblers and develop our ambitious plans for the charity.”

Ian Austin said:

“The Gordon Moody Association does brilliant work to help people in Dudley and across the UK.

“The charity does a lot to help problem gamblers in Dudley and I’m delighted that this new funding will allow them to help hundreds more.”

Local charity bags £1.6 million fund

Dudley gambling charity Gordon Moody Association has bagged funding worth £1.6 million.

I'm doing everything I can to make sure Dudley doesn't become the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.

POLICE STATION CLOSURES

It’s my job to speak up for the hard-working and law-abiding majority in Dudley, so I’m really concerned about plans for Dudley Police Station to close its doors to the public.

The closure would leave Dudley as the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public. Spending cuts are forcing West Midlands Police to close another twenty seven stations across the West, with others like Sedgley carrying on with volunteer staff for the time being.

This is what happens when the government cuts spending too quickly and too deeply. When opening hours were being cut down at Dudley Police Station two years ago I warned that it would be the start of a slippery slope with further cuts to come. Now we’re being told that people in Dudley won’t be able to speak to police officers face-to-face at all.

Local people are outraged. Like me they think that a town the size of Dudley should have a properly staffed police station so you can always see an officer in person if you need to.

I’m doing everything I can to keep our station open. Last week I stood up in Parliament and told the government to keep our station open, and I kicked off a petition that has been signed by 1,000 local people in less than a week.

I’m also pushing for guarantees that this isn’t the start of further cuts to policing in Dudley. Local people will want assurances that we won’t lose officers in Dudley or lose our police base entirely.

Last year we were able to save Dudley’s Magistrates Court because thousands of local people backed our campaign and forced the government to give in, so I know we can do the same again.

Please sign our petition here to help us send a clear message that we want our station kept open.

CRIMINAL COURT CUTS

Figures I uncovered last week show just how important it is to keep a strong police force in Dudley.

Local people want more police on the streets, more offenders taken to court and more criminals put in jail – but that’s not what’s happening.

Dudley Magistrates Court heard 10,502 cases last year – a drop of 5,050 per year since 2010.

That means thousands of criminals in Dudley who are never going to court and never facing the prospect of jail time.

What kind of message does that send to criminals in Dudley?

NHS BILL

When me or a member of my family is ill, we queue up at Russells Hall like anybody else in Dudley, so I share the concerns of hundreds of local people who wrote to me last week asking me to protect our local hospital.

I made sure I could be in Parliament to speak up for local people and vote in support of Labour legislation to protect the NHS from cuts and privatisation.

This is a really important issue here in Dudley where managers at Russells Hall have said that jobs are at risk as they battle with a £12 million deficit that the chief executive says is “critical”. Staff are working flat out but the hospital is being investigated for waits at A&E, cancer treatment targets have been missed three months running, and some patients wait up to five hours for chemotherapy.

The Tories and UKIP say they back the NHS, but they won’t challenge the reforms that have put Russells Hall in danger. I know local people think that’s not good enough. Like me they think we should rip up Tory reforms and start again with an NHS that puts patients before cuts, bureaucracy and profits.

Until we do that we’re stuck with a health service that wastes money on profits instead of patients.

Dudley Chronicle, 27 November

I'm doing everything I can to make sure Dudley doesn't become the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.

New figures from Age UK show that more than one in ten Black Country households are in fuel poverty.

The new figures have been revealed by Age UK as part of their Warm Homes campaign against fuel poverty, particularly amongst older people.

Across the Black Country 73,669 homes are estimated to be in fuel poverty, which means it costs so much to heat their homes it can push them below the poverty line.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has said the figures show that much more needs to be done on insulating homes, and has backed plans to 5 million homes insulated across Britain.

Ian Austin said:

“Lots of families in the Black Country are struggling to make ends meet. Wages here are below the national average and bills keep going up, with energy bills rocketing by £300 in the last four years.

“For more than one in ten homes in the Black Country things are so bad that heating bills are pushing them into poverty.

“I want energy bills to be frozen while we get long-term solutions in place like scrapping Ofgem and getting thousands of homes in Dudley insulated.”

 

CONSTITUENCY TOTAL HOUSEHOLDS FUEL POOR HOUSEHOLDS % FUEL POOR HOUSEHOLDS
Dudley North 32,382 5,131 15.8
Dudley South 32,392 4,634 14.3
Halesowen & RR 35,741 4,975 13.9
Stourbridge 36,651 4,991 13.6
Dudley 137,166 19,731 14.4
Walsall North 37,357 5,862 15.7
Walsall South 36,590 7,588 20.7
Walsall 73,947 13,450 18.2
West Bromwich East 34,058 5,945 17.5
West Bromwich West 34,867 5,396 15.5
Sandwell 68,925 11,341 16.5
Wolverhampton NE 35,848 6,091 17.0
Wolverhampton SE 34,598 6,582 19.0
Wolverhampton SW 34,503 6,384 18.5
Wolverhampton 104,949 19,057 18.2
Cannock Chase 39,764 4,411 11.1
Wyre Forest 42,018 5,679 13.5
Lichfield 37,770 4,123 10.9
South Staffordshire 37,580 3,882 10.3
Stafford 39,391 4,842 12.3
Staffordshire Moorlands 32,725 4,620 14.1
Black Country 614,235 91,136 14.8

One in ten Black Country homes in fuel poverty

New figures from Age UK show that more than one in ten Black Country households are in fuel poverty.


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