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Independent MP for Dudley North

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Dudley MP Ian Austin heard from RSPCA Inspectors about their frontline work to protect animals in Dudley and across the UK in Parliament.

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In 2018, the RSPCA investigated a shocking 785 complaints about animal cruelty in the Dudley area, with the charity’s nationwide 24-hour cruelty line receiving over a million calls.

The RSPCA has been investigating and prosecuting animal welfare offences since its foundation in 1824.

To this day, they are increasing their work to prevent cruelty occurring in the first place and to educate the next generation of animal lovers.

Ian Austin said:

“It was fantastic to meet some of their hard-working Inspectors, but it was sad to hear that the RSPCA’s latest statistics show animal cruelty complaints are continuing in Dudley.

“We all have a duty to be vigilant against abuses of animal welfare and I will work closely with the RSPCA to help improve standards of animal welfare in Dudley and across the UK.”

“I’m proud to support the RSPCA and the work that their Inspectors do to protect animal welfare in Dudley and we agreed that I’ll be spending some time with their local inspectors over the summer.”

Dudley MP Ian Austin thanks the RSPCA for their work in Dudley

Dudley MP Ian Austin heard from RSPCA Inspectors about their frontline work to protect animals in Dudley and across the UK in Parliament.

Ian Austin is campaigning to prevent homeowners being hit with extortionate management fees.

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The Dudley MP is backing the campaign after being contacted by residents of new houses and flats who are being charged “management fees” for amenities or common areas by the builders of their homes or property management companies who have bought the freeholds.

But individual homeowners currently have no right to know where their money is being spent nor rights to enforce action when breaches of the scheme occur.

He is supporting a House of Commons motion which would require landlords to provide accounts of management charges to freehold property owners.

This would require landlords to provide accounts of management charges and therefore create greater transparency and accountability.

Ian Austin said:

“It’s shocking that freehold property owners are not able to know where their money is going. I’ve heard from lots of people in Dudley who are being ripped off by these charges.

“That’s why I am supporting a motion which would require landlords to provide accounts of management charges to freehold property owners.”

Dudley MP Ian Austin campaigns to end rip-off property management charges

Ian Austin is campaigning to prevent homeowners being hit with extortionate management fees.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the government to include more support for children with mental health problems in new mental health legislation.

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In December 2018 Prime Minister Teresa May pledged to reform mental health legislation. Austin is calling for this to guarantee that no child of deprived or his or her right to access to health care services.

He is backing a new Child Mental Health Charter which affirms that mental health and wellbeing is an indivisible part of general health. Legislation should focus on the needs of children, invest in a qualified & well trained workforce, support parents & carers and ensure policy is informed by the best available evidence.

Ian Austin said:

“Mental health should be taken as seriously as physical health, and should be properly funded.

“I am supporting the Child Mental Health Charted and I want to see protection for children included in any new legislation put forward by the Government to support children in Dudley and their parents and carers.”

MP calls for better mental health support for children

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling on the government to include more support for children with mental health problems in new mental health legislation.


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