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Dudley North MP Ian Austin will continue as Vice Chair of the All Parliamentary Party Group on Electric and Automated Vehicles that works on policy relating to electric and automated vehicles.

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The group aims to bring together manufacturers, businesses, media, NGOs, and experts to share information, promote awareness, and debate about future low-carbon transport technologies such as electric and automated vehicles.

Austin is championing the work of local business Westfields, the Dudley-based car company that is developing new electric and driverless vehicle technologies. He continue to campaign for the Black Country to benefit from the millions of jobs that these new technologies will generate.

Advancements in automated vehicles, as identified by the UK's National Infrastructure Commission amongst others, hold the potential to reduce costs for motorists, improve safety, and increase productivity.

Ian Austin said:

“Technology is going to change our lives and the whole world faster than ever before. There'll be massive growth and lots of well-paid jobs in new hi-tech industries over the next 20 years. At the same time, lots of jobs will also disappear.

“We can't prevent these changes. The only choice is whether we are going to benefit from them or be victims of them and this is why we have to make science, technology, education and new skills our top priorities.

“Businesses like Westfields are developing really exciting technologies in Dudley and I want to see the Black Country lead in the new industrial revolution just like we led in the last one, so that we can bring new jobs and greater prosperity to this area.”

Austin continues to champion new technology in Parliament

Dudley North MP Ian Austin will continue as Vice Chair of the All Parliamentary Party Group on Electric and Automated Vehicles that works on policy relating to electric and automated...

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Tory government to allocate more funding to local councils to provide services for children and young people.

The Local Government Association (LGA) found that children and young people’s services are facing a £3 billion funding gap by 2025 across the country. A joint report from Children’s Charities including Barnardo’s shows that in the West Midlands there has been an estimated 31% cut to this funding in real terms between 2010/11 to 2017/18.

Children's services provide a lifeline to thousands of vulnerable children and families in Dudley. Yet cuts to council funding has stripped away cash from local authorities, reducing the services they can provide. 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.

These cuts have created a crisis in the early intervention and support services that help our most vulnerable children, just at the time when there are more children in need than ever before.

Austin is calling for the Government to use the spring budget to give more funding to local authorities to provide children’s services to all young people and families who need support.

Ian Austin Said:

“We all know savings have had to be made, but areas like Dudley are losing much more money than wealthier areas and this is having a serious effect on the services that can be provided to the most vulnerable children and families in our communities.

“The LGA research is really worrying. How can a funding gap of £3bn not have a devastating effect on the services provided to children and young people at a local level?

“I’m calling on the government to protect these vital services from any further cuts and give local councils the funding it needs to support vulnerable children.”

LGA Research can be found here

A joint report by Children’s Charities can be found here.

Austin calls for an end to devastating cuts to children's services

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Tory government to allocate more funding to local councils to provide services for children and young people.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is campaigning to keep small, local grassroots music venues open.

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He wants local venues to qualify for reduced business rates and prevent the other clubs going the same way as the legendary JB’s in Dudley.

Now sadly closed, JB’s was renowned as the best small live music club in the country, showcasing local Black Country bands like the Wonderstuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin as well as some of the biggest names in music, like U2 and Thin Lizzy.

The business rates retail discount scheme, announced in the Autumn Budget 2018 does not currently include grassroots music venues by stating that they “are not similar in nature” to pubs and clubs.

Yet small music venues are an important part of many towns and cities. Many are situated on the high street generating business and contributing to their local economies. They often operate throughout the day and into the evening, supporting the night time economy by providing entertainment and selling drinks.

Sadly, small music venues have been closing at an alarming rate. 35 per cent have closed over the last decade. Rising business rates are a key reason behind this. The 2017 revaluation has amounted to a 31 per cent increase in payable business rates at these venues with rateable values growing by 25 per cent.

Ian Austin said:

“I remember many great nights at JB’s in Dudley – the best small live music venue in the country! It was a tragedy when it closed.

“I think these music venues are as important to high streets as pubs and clubs, and should be paying reduced business rates to give them a small boost to help keep them open.

“I have signed a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the Spring Budget to try and get small music venues added to the business rates retail discount scheme and I hope he listens before we see many more closing their doors for good.”

Austin backs move to support small music venues

Dudley MP Ian Austin is campaigning to keep small, local grassroots music venues open.


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