Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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SFVS_Ian_Austin_Bramford_Primary.jpegDudley MP Ian Austin visited Bramford Primary School today to meet Head Teacher Lisa Guest and year 1 pupils who are benefitting from free fruit and veg at school.

The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) is a government programme that has been running since 2002.  The SFVS entitles every child aged four to six in state schools to a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day.

This fantastic scheme helps 2.3m pupils in 16,500 primary schools across the UK and provides children with healthy food during the school day, as well as introducing them to foods that they might not have known about before.

Austin also met with Clare Colquhoun from Birmingham based Minor Weir and Willis Ltd, the fresh produce company which has been supplying fruit for the SFVS project since 2002.

Ian Austin said:

“Healthy eating at a young age is so important for physical health and learning, so it was great to go along to Bramford Primary School today and meet pupils who are benefitting from this great scheme and it’s really important the government continue it in future.

“I have always said that education is my number one priority and teaching kids about a healthy diet and physical health is part of that.

“Thanks to Clare and Lisa for inviting me in and letting me see how this scheme is benefiting the kids at Bramford Primary, I’ll be writing to government ministers to say how important this scheme is to kids in Dudley”

Austin visits primary school to talk about healthy eating

Dudley MP Ian Austin visited Bramford Primary School today to meet Head Teacher Lisa Guest and year 1 pupils who are benefitting from free fruit and veg at school.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has given his support for Sainsbury’s workers after changes to their contracts meant workers could be left £3,000 out of pocket.

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Austin has joined other MP’s in writing to the Prime Minister to demand she stands up for hardworking, longstanding and loyal Sainsbury's staff who are being asked to work for less pay.

Last month, Sainsbury’s announced contract changes for all staff under the smokescreen of an ‘increase in basic pay’.

The reality is that approximately 10,000 of the longest serving staff across the country will lose up to £3,000 per year. Staff will lose paid breaks and Sunday premium pay, whilst the nightshift will be shortened to between 12:00am and 5:00am. Shop floor staff will lose their bonus scheme, but management will not.

Ian Austin said:

"I was really shocked when one of my constituents got in touch about this. They were quite rightly worried about their job – this is a pay cut for thousands of hard working people in the Black Country and across the UK.

“Under the proposed changes all employees will lose their paid breaks, there will be widespread cuts to premium pay and shop-floor staff will no longer get a bonus, but the management will not.

“I want to see the Prime Minister standing up for Sainsbury’s workers, talk to the Chief Executive and call on him to ensure that no staff will face a pay cut under these contract changes”

Austin backs workers left out of pocket by Sainsbury's contract changes

Dudley MP Ian Austin has given his support for Sainsbury’s workers after changes to their contracts meant workers could be left £3,000 out of pocket.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling on the Government to employ and train more NHS staff to diagnose cancer earlier and provide patients with the best treatment possible.

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With advances in medical research and NHS staff turning research breakthroughs into life-saving tests & treatments, more patients than ever are surviving cancer, but early diagnosis is crucial to saving lives.

The NHS is facing challenges from a growing and ageing population, and with more than 1 in 10 NHS diagnostic posts unfilled, services are struggling to keep up with growing demand.

That is why Austin is supporting Cancer Research UK’s “Shoulder to Shoulder” campaign and asking the Government to commit to training and employing more NHS staff - to meet these challenges, diagnose cancer earlier and provide patients with the best treatment.

Ian Austin said:

“Our NHS workers do a fantastic job looking after patients and providing life-saving treatment to people diagnosed with cancer.

“But to face the challenges in the future we must see more investment in training and employing more staff to diagnose cancer as early as possible and give the best possible care.”

Austin calls for more NHS staff to fight cancer

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling on the Government to employ and train more NHS staff to diagnose cancer earlier and provide patients with the best treatment possible.


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