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Labour MP for Dudley North

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Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the Chancellor Phillip Hammond to cut beer duty in his upcoming Budget.

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Austin is supporting the Long Live Local campaign by the British Beer & Pub Association, set up because of the huge pressure local pubs are under from beer duty and business rates.

Currently, three pubs are closing their doors every day, with £1 in every £3 spent in a pub going to the Treasury. British pub-goers pay 40% of all beer duty across the EU, but drink only 12% of the beer.

Austin is a member of CAMRA and has worked hard to support local brewers, lobbied for duty cuts on beer in the past, help for ailing pubs and campaigned to have Black Country beers served in Parliament.

In 2014 he was officially recognised for his support for British beer industry by being awarded the Parliamentary Beer Champion award by the Campaign for Real Ale, the British Beer & Pub Association and the Society of Independent Brewers.

Ian Austin said:

“The Black Country is home to some of the best brewers in Britain and some cracking pubs, so I’m a big fan of local beer – not just as a consumer, but because of the business and jobs these brilliant local companies provide.

“I’m a CAMRA member and I’ve always worked hard to support their campaigns for local pubs.

“I am showing my support for the Long Live Local campaign by calling on the Chancellor to cut beer duty. Pubs play a vital role in local communities and I don’t want to see any more popular locals closing downs because of the pressure from beer duty.”

 

Austin backs black country pubs

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the Chancellor Phillip Hammond to cut beer duty in his upcoming Budget.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s End the Capacity Crisis campaign and is calling on the Government to recruit more NHS staff to tackle long waiting times for tests that could diagnose bowel cancer – the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.

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Under NHS rules patients should wait no more than six weeks for these life-saving tests, but every month on average this year a quarter of NHS hospitals in England (28%) were in breach of this target – a clear sign that NHS staff are struggling to cope.

Many NHS hospitals are at breaking point because they simply do not have the capacity to meet the growing demand to carry out these two tests. A lack of funding, limited resources and a shortage of staff to perform the number of procedures needed are contributing to this.

Ian Austin MP has joined more than 5,000 people and cross party MPs in signing Bowel Cancer UK’s open letter calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Philip Hammond, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, The Rt Hon Matt Hancock, to end the capacity crisis and work together to develop a fully funded action plan to tackle these staff shortages in diagnostic services for bowel cancer.

The letter was handed in to the Government ahead of the autumn budget at the end of this month and the publication of the NHS 10 Year plan in November.

Ian Austin MP said:

“Doctors, nurses, midwives, physios, paramedics and all sorts of support and technical staff work so hard to care for the rest of us and they deserve our thanks and support, but they also need a government that is on their side and funds the NHS properly.

“I am backing this campaign to ensure that everyone referred for this life-saving test is seen in a timely manner. That’s why I have signed Bowel Cancer UK’s important letter urging the government to invest in more NHS staff to tackle the long waiting times and bring an end to the capacity crisis, ahead of the autumn budget.”

Asha Kaur, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Bowel Cancer UK, said:

“Timely access to tests for bowel cancer is key to improving early diagnosis, but services to diagnose the disease have been under staffed and under resourced for some time.  So I’d like to thank Ian Austin for supporting our campaign to tackle this issue. We urgently need a fully funded action plan to address how workforce can be increased and staff trained, so we can save more lives by diagnosing people earlier.

Austin backs Bowel Cancer UK's campaign for more NHS staff

Dudley MP Ian Austin is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s End the Capacity Crisis campaign and is calling on the Government to recruit more NHS staff to tackle long waiting times...

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Tory government to end the cuts handed down to local authorities.

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Cuts to council funding has stripped away cash from local authorities, reducing the services they can provide local people. Cuts in government funding have seen Dudley Council lose £76 million since 2010 and this will rise to £92 million by 2019/20. Already the cutbacks have almost halved the money available for education, roads in the borough, social care, youth clubs, libraries, nurseries and other services.

Towns like Dudley have suffered far worse than wealthy areas, South Cambridgeshire were even given an increase of £14 per household in 2017 whilst our area lost out. Urban areas have been hit hardest, with households in Dudley losing £344, Sandwell £558 and Birmingham £695.

As the Conservative Party Conference comes to an end in Birmingham, a joint letter has been signed by Council Leaders, MPs, MEPs and the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands and sent to Teresa May demanding a stop to government cuts.

Ian Austin Said:

“We all know savings have had to be made, but areas like Dudley are losing much more money than wealthier areas.

“Cuts have had a devastating effect on frontline services for local people. Councils are the first point of call for children in need of care, for those facing homelessness and those fleeing domestic abuse and violence or caring for the elderly. They are responsible for maintaining our local infrastructure, maintaining green space, bin collections, libraries, leisure facilities and youth services. Yet funding for these crucial services has halved since 2010.”

“I want to see an end to these devastating cuts and a plan for proper investment into the frontline services we all rely on”

Austin calls for an end of damaging cuts to local government

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Tory government to end the cuts handed down to local authorities.  


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