Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

Home

Recent Activity

Ian Austin visited Dudley Council’s Homelessness team to find out more about their work helping the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in the Dudley Borough. 

Home ownership in the West Midlands has fallen, private renting has doubled, the costs of buying or renting a home in the private sector have soared and rough sleeping is on the increase.

Dudley has a “No Second Night Out” policy which means that people sleeping rough will be offered emergency accommodation and support.

People in need of help about housing or homelessness can contact Dudley Council’s Homelessness Prevention and Response Team by calling 0300 555 2345. 

Ian Austin said:

“People in Dudley have been shocked at the increase of people sleeping rough in the town, so I spent a few hours with Dudley Council’s Homelessness team hearing about their work to help homeless people.

“Benefits changes, housing benefit cuts, the Bedroom Tax, sanctions and the chaotic introduction of universal credit have all made the situation much, much worse and I promise I’ll carry on campaigning in parliament on these issues.

“I think we need a Mayor and a government who will fix Britain’s broken housing system, sort out Universal Credit, the Bedroom Tax and other benefit problems and provide the affordable homes people in places like Dudley need”

AUSTIN VISITS DUDLEY COUNCIL’S HOMELESSNESS TEAM

Ian Austin visited Dudley Council’s Homelessness team to find out more about their work helping the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in the Dudley Borough. 

A woman who survived Nazi occupation in Germany and France will be visiting Dudley to speak at the town’s annual Holocaust Memorial Service on Friday January 26th.

HMC_Candle.jpg

In October 1938 six Nazis rampaged through Eve Kugler’s family home and later the shop her father owned, destroying many of her families possessions. The family fled the following year and hid in France on a forged visa under Nazi occupation.

Eve will be talking to hundreds of students and Dudley residents about her experiences at the commemoration, organised by Ian Austin MP and Dudley College Students’ Union, which has become a fixture in the town’s calendar.

The commemoration is organised with the support of the Holocaust Educational Trust. Two students from local schools who visited Auschwitz as part of the trust’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ programme will be taking part in the commemoration. Local religious leaders and the Mayor will also take part.

It will conclude with the ceremonial lighting of the Candle of Remembrance as the Mayor of Dudley Dave Tyler leads local faith leaders in a one minute silence to honour the victims of the Holocaust.

The Commemoration is open to all residents in Dudley and will take place between at the Broadway Campus of Dudley College starting at 12:30 on Friday 26th January 2018

You can sign up to attend here

Ian Austin MP said:

“It is very good of Eve to come to Dudley and share her experiences – it is always an honour to hear from those who survived such horrific events.

“The commemoration is always a very moving and dignified service which as well as honouring those who died, remembers the heroism of local heroes, such as Frank Foley and the many other war veterans who fought to free Europe of the Nazis and gives us the opportunity to dedicate ourselves to oppose racism and prejudice.

“I really hope that as many local people as possible will attend the event during their lunch hour, in between meetings, before going shopping in the town centre or picking the kids up from school.

“The service was really well attended last year and I hope the same can happen this year, it is always a real privilege organising this even in Dudley and something I’m sure residents and students in the audience will never forget.”

Holocaust survivor to speak at Memorial Commemoration in Dudley

A woman who survived Nazi occupation in Germany and France will be visiting Dudley to speak at the town’s annual Holocaust Memorial Service on Friday January 26th.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin joined campaigners in Parliament this week to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition.

Ian_Austin_MP_Parkinsons_UK.jpg

Austin met with representatives from the charity Parkinson’s UK and people affected by Parkinson’s to hear about the work the charity is doing to raise awareness of the illness. 

Austin talked to staff and volunteers about the strides that have been made in understanding the condition since it was first recognised in 1817, but also the work that is still to be done as there is no cure for Parkinson’s and current medication can’t stop the condition from progressing.

Parkinson’s UK highlighted the issues faced by people with Parkinson’s, including the urgent need to include Parkinson’s in dementia research as Dementia and mild cognitive impairment have a devastating impact on people with Parkinson’s and their families.

Parkinson’s affects one in 500 people in the Black Country and can cause symptoms including insomnia, depression, and hallucinations, robbing people of their independence. But through more research, improved services, and empowering people with Parkinson’s to take control, their lives can be turned around.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I have met with lots of people who are suffering with or caring for loved ones with Parkinson’s in Dudley.

“It is a terrible condition but thanks to the work of staff and volunteers at charities such as Parkinson’s UK much is being done to help them.

“Parkinson’s research is a fundamental part of the solution to the nation’s dementia challenge.

“I look forward to working with the charity to ensure that people affected by these issues in Dudley can feel confident that everything is being done to drive forward research and improve lives.”

Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive Steve Ford said:

“With 2017 marking such a significant anniversary for us, we wanted to reflect on what we have achieved and what we have yet to do in order to improve the lives of everybody affected by Parkinson’s, but we can’t do this alone.

“That’s why it’s brilliant Ian has pledged to help us drive forward vital research.

“We look forward to seeing the difference Ian can make in Dudley, and how he can help us to keep Parkinson’s on the political agenda.”

Austin marks 200 years of Parkinson’s

Dudley North MP Ian Austin joined campaigners in Parliament this week to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition.


View More Activities

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.