Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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A local group of volunteers has set up an innovative way to get supplies to local people short of food.

The Food for Thought group in Sedgley swap unwanted items for food and other household necessities such as cleaning supplies and toiletries.

They then pass this on to local people in times of emergency as well as giving the food items to the Black Country Foodbank. The foodbank helps vulnerable individuals and families in crisis by providing food and helps find a long term solution for those struggling to feed their families.

The Facebook page can be found here at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1572095003067481/ 

Community campaigner Rebecca Gentle said:

“I got involved in this project because I was concerned about local families struggling to feed their children over the summer holidays.

 “Jackie Jevons, who runs the Facebook group, is doing a great job and making a real difference to local people.

“Local people who want to help can join the Facebook group or gather food donations and we can arrange to pick them up and pass them on. Just let me know by emailing rebecca.gentle8@gmail.com

 “Everything they give will make a huge difference to people struggling to feed their families”

Ian Austin said:

“It’s terrible that people are going hungry in the 21st century, but it’s fantastic that Jackie, Rebecca and the Sedgley Food for Thought group have stepped in to help them.

 “It shows how volunteers are making a difference in the local community and I hope local people will join the Facebook page and get involved”

Volunteers help local families with innovative food bank plan

A local group of volunteers has set up an innovative way to get supplies to local people short of food. The Food for Thought group in Sedgley swap unwanted items...

Ian Austin is taking Dudley Council highways boss Councillor Hilary Bills to meet residents to discuss safety fears and congestion concerns.

At 11.00am this Thursday 4th August they willll discuss the problems caused with congestion at the junction of Parkes Hall Road and Sedgley Road where traffic queues for hundreds of yards during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

At 12.15 they’ll meet local campaigners Gordon Laird and Terry Ledbury to discuss the dangers posed by speeding traffic on the Birmingham New Road and the dangers of leaving the Foxyards estate at the junction with Woodcroft Avenue.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m really pleased Hilary has agreed to meet residents and look at these issues herself.

“Gordon Laird and Terry Ledbury have been campaigning for ages for measures to tackle speeding cars on the Birmingham New Road and make the junction at Woodcroft Avenue safer for people coming off and on to the Foxyards.

“Congestions causes huge tailbacks at Woodsetton in the mornings and afternoon rush hours. People have to queue for ages and I have been working with local councillors Adam Aston and Keiran Casey to press the council to sort it out.”

Austin meets council roads boss over safety fears and congestion concerns

Ian Austin is taking Dudley Council highways boss Councillor Hilary Bills to meet residents to discuss safety fears and congestion concerns.

Government plans to cap housing benefit for tenants in social housing could see housing schemes for people with learning disabilities close, Ian Austin warned today.

The Dudley North MP is visiting a home in Woodsetton run by Golden Lane Housing in close partnership with Mencap and Langstone Society for people with learning difficulties on Wednesday to hear about the impact of the changes on people in Dudley.

The Government announced in 2015 that housing benefit in the social housing sector will be capped at the same level as the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates, which are currently 30% of the local market average.

The proposals are currently being reviewed but if they go ahead as planned the National Housing Federation estimates that 40% of current supported housing schemes would close and 80% of planned schemes would not be completed, leaving many people with a learning disability homeless.

Ian Austin said:

“We all know savings have to be made but it’s not fair to apply this cap to tenants in supported and sheltered housing where rents are higher as a result of the extra facilities they need.

“They introduced the Bedroom Tax without thinking through the impact on disabled people and these changes are likely to have devastating consequences for older people, disabled people and those with mental health needs who rely on supported housing. I’m worried that local housing authorities will be left with no option but to close many care and support services.

“I’m urging government ministers to think again about these changes, and ensure that there is sufficient funding for the care and support services that so many vulnerable people rely on.”

Government cutbacks could see supported housing schemes close, warns Austin

Government plans to cap housing benefit for tenants in social housing could see housing schemes for people with learning disabilities close, Ian Austin warned today.


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