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Dudley MP Ian Austin headed to local charity Summit House today to help raise awareness of National HIV testing week.

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Organised by Terrence Higgins Trust and Summit House Support, Ian Austin met with volunteers and staff to discuss the importance of testing and busting the stigma around HIV.

New figures released by Public Health England in October 2017 revealed that a decline in new HIV infections but late diagnoses remain high.

National HIV Testing Week, which runs from 18th to 25th November, is run by Terrence Higgins Trust on behalf of HIV Prevention England. The week encourages people to take a painless, simple and quick HIV test, particularly those from the groups most at-risk of HIV.

Ian Austin said:

 

“I was delighted to meet with staff from Terrence Higgins Trust and Summit House Support in Dudley and raise awareness of the importance of testing for HIV.

“Testing is free, fast and simple, and it’s one of the best weapons there is to stop the spread of HIV.

“Summit House do a brilliant job supporting people in Dudley and their work is invaluable to so many people.

Jamie Fookes from Terrence Higgins Trust said:  

“We’re delighted that Ian has taken the time to take a HIV test today and show just how quick and easy it is to be sure of your status.

“Today, if you test positive, effective treatment means you can live as long as anyone else, and medication reduces the amount of virus in your blood to such low levels that, you cannot pass on HIV.” 

Austin helps raise awareness for local charity

Dudley MP Ian Austin headed to local charity Summit House today to help raise awareness of National HIV testing week.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has said it is “vital” West Midlands Mayor Andy Street joins the campaign for fair funding for police in the West Midlands.

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Austin issued the call after the government announced responsibility for policing would be transferred from the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner and handed to the Mayor in advance of the elections in 2020.

The Dudley MP has been campaigning for fair funding for the region’s police, most recently arranging a meeting a fortnight ago for MPs of all parties with the Police Minister Nick Hurd and challenging the Prime Minister over cuts to budgets to tackle terrorism.

Austin highlighted figures showing:

Recorded offences rose by 11% in the West Midlands, with knife crime rising 17%, robbery by 20% and acts of violence by 20%.

Over the last seven years, the number of police officers has fallen by 20,000 and is lower than at any point since 1985.

Nowhere has been hit harder than the West Midlands where budgets have been cut five times harder than Surrey. 

In real terms funding for West Midlands Police has been cut by £145 million since April 2011 – a total loss of funding of 27%.

The total number of staff has been slashed, the number of police officers is down by 2,164, Police support staff have been reduced by 29% and the number of PCSOs by a staggering 53%.

Ian Austin said:

Now the PCC job is going to the Mayor it’s vital we have someone who will demand the government funds our force properly. Andy Street doesn’t seem to have said a word about policing and can’t be relied on to stand up to the government on this most serious of issues.

“Policing in the West Midlands has been hit harder than anywhere in Britain – five times harder than leafy Surrey. We’ve lost £145 million, 2,000 police officers and more than half our PCSOs. That’s why crime is rising, residents complain the police can’t respond to calls and local police stations are closing.”

Austin says Mayor must stand up for the West Midlands on policing

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has said it is “vital” West Midlands Mayor Andy Street joins the campaign for fair funding for police in the West Midlands.

Local MP uses pay rise to pay for internet access for local young people

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Dudley North MP Ian Austin visited a local project to help disadvantaged young people find work and somewhere to live this Friday.

Austin provided the Foyer with £600 from the Good Causes fund he established with the MPs’ pay rise to pay for broadband and give the residents internet access.

The foyer is run by the Churches Housing Association of Dudley and District (CHADD).  The project offers disadvantaged young people safe, affordable accommodation as well as personal development and training.

The project aims to give young people the confidence to live independently and new skills to help them find employment.

Austin will be visiting the Foyer to meet staff and see the facilities and support which they offer to vulnerable young people.

Ian Austin said:

“We need to make education and skills our number one priority in Dudley because it’s the only way that we will attract new investment and jobs to the area.

“The Foyer Project does brilliant work offering new skills and training to local young people who have missed out on education earlier in life.

“Long-term youth unemployment is three times the national average in Dudley, so I want a jobs guarantee to offer starter jobs to every young person that had been out of work for more than a year.

 "I promised at the election that when times are tough for so many people I would use the MPs' pay rise to help good causes so I’m delighted that I have been able to help this great cause”

Austin visits project to reduce youth unemployment and tackle homelessness

Local MP uses pay rise to pay for internet access for local young people


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