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MP highlights Bowel Cancer UK's #thisisbowelcancer campaign.

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Ian Austin, MP for Dudley North is supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign #thisisbowelcancer, to shine a light on the varied and many people affected by bowel cancer as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.

Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. But it doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed. It affects families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers. That’s millions of people right across the UK.

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with almost 42,000 people diagnosed annually. More than 16,000 people die each year of the disease making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but it shouldn’t be as bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Austin is working with Bowel Cancer UK to improve early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care both in the Black Country and nationally. By bringing people together Bowel Cancer UK will create a future where nobody dies of the disease.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I became involved in this campaign after listening to local people in Dudley who told me how bowel cancer had affected them or their loved ones. 

“I would urge my constituents to join Bowel Cancer UK’s #thisisbowelcancer campaign and help shine a light on the varied and many people affected by the disease during Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.” 

Dr. Lisa Wilde, Director of Research and External Affairs at Bowel Cancer UK, said:

“We want everyone affected by bowel cancer to come together and take action to help create a future where nobody dies of the disease. But we can’t do this alone, and that’s why I would like to thank Ian Austin for supporting our #thisisbowelcancer campaign. With your help we can save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by the disease.”

Ian Austin champions those affected by bowel cancer

MP highlights Bowel Cancer UK's #thisisbowelcancer campaign.

New House of Commons figures show the number of unemployed people claiming benefits is double the national average. 

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The number of people claiming benefits in Dudley North is currently 6.8% of the economically active population aged 16-64. This is double the UK average claimant count of 3.4%.

Stats also show that the number of people out of work continues to rise. The number of claimants in Dudley North constituency is 310 higher than February 2018 and 75 higher than February 2019. Again, this is against the national trend, which saw an overall drop in unemployment of 35,000 in the last quarter.

Ian Austin said:

 “These numbers are very worrying for people in Dudley. Every week people get in touch with me saying that are struggling to make ends meet and that they cannot find stable employment.

 “I have always said that we need to make education Dudley’s number one priority so that people have the right skills to attract new businesses and jobs to replace those we have lost in traditional industries.

“I am delighted that there will be a new Institute of Technology in the heart of Dudley, but I think we can always do more and I want to see a University Campus in the town.

“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. Today’s figures show how important it is to make sure people have the right skills to adapt to a changing economy.”

Figures show number of benefit claimants continues to rise in Dudley

New House of Commons figures show the number of unemployed people claiming benefits is double the national average. 

Dudley MP Ian Austin stood up in Treasury Questions to ask Ministers to meet him and people in Dudley to discuss their case for fairer funding.

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Recent cuts in in government funding have seen Dudley Council lose £76 million since 2010 and this will rise to £92 million by 2019/20.

These cutbacks have almost halved the money available for education, roads in the borough, social care, youth clubs, libraries, nurseries and other services.

Ian Austin said:

“It isn’t possible to lose that amount of funding without an impact on local people.

“The truth is that cuts in government funding have seen Dudley Council lose over £70 million since 2010, almost halving the money available for local roads, housing, care and other services.

“That’s why I am urging the Government to ensure that Dudley council gets the funding it urgently needs and deserves.”

Ian Austin MP asks Ministers to discuss fairer funding for Dudley

Dudley MP Ian Austin stood up in Treasury Questions to ask Ministers to meet him and people in Dudley to discuss their case for fairer funding.


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