Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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New figures show that government plans to cut tax credits could hit nearly two-thirds of families living in the Black Country.

The official House of Commons statistics show that 128,900 families would be affected across the region, with 85,400 of those families in work.

Child Tax Credits are available to families with children to help them meet the costs of raising children with Working Tax Credits available to support working people on the lowest wages.

The government announced plans to cut welfare spending by £12 billion in its recent Spending Review, with no guarantees that Tax Credits would be exempt from cuts. It has been reported that Tax Credits could be reduced to 2003 levels as a result, with families with two children set to lose up to £1,690 a year.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed the government’s failure to protect Tax Credits, saying it threatens to make it even harder for working families to make ends meet.

Ian Austin said:

“Cutting tax credits would be a disaster for mums and dads working hard but struggling to get by in places like Dudley.

“Without action to increase the minimum wage the only possible effect these cuts could have is to make working people worse off.

“These are exactly the sort of people that need support the most. I want to see a new approach to welfare underpinned by principles of hard work and contribution, and that means more help not less for working families.”

Tax Credit cuts could hit 85,000 working Black Country families

New figures show that government plans to cut tax credits could hit nearly two-thirds of families living in the Black Country.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has been elected by Labour MPs to serve on the Education Select Committee.

The Education Committee scrutinises the work of the Department for Education and its Ministers, covering issues such as early years support for families, school standards, apprenticeships and training.

Austin has been campaigning to make education and skills the number one priority in Dudley, working with Dudley College to develop new facilities and helping Ellowes Hall secure funding for a new sports hall.

Ian Austin MP said:

“I’ve been saying for a long time that we need to make education and skills Dudley’s number one priority to attract new businesses and jobs to replace the ones that we’ve lost.

“Too few local young people are getting good grades, taking apprenticeships and going to the best universities.

“I think young people in Dudley can do just as well as anyone else, so I’ll be using my place on the committee to push for sharp improvements in school results in places like Dudley.”

Austin elected to Education Select Committee

Dudley MP Ian Austin has been elected by Labour MPs to serve on the Education Select Committee.

Councillor David Branwood is launching a campaign against the closure of the Zoar Street branch of Barclays in Gornal after being told it is due to close in October this year.

Cllr Branwood is writing to John McFarlane, the Chairman of Barclays Bank, to ask him to save the branch and is encouraging local businesses and residents to do the same.

The Councillor has also launched a petition for local people that are opposed to the closure at http://www.ianaustin.co.uk/save_our_bank

The branch is due to be closed on Friday 9th October 2015, leaving residents having to travel to Sedgley for their nearest branch.

Cllr Branwood has recently been successful in securing £75,000 to revamp the bus station in Gornal which will create extra car parking, helping residents, traders and shoppers. He has welcomed news of investment in to the library and has been promoting plans for a new supermarket to bring visitors to the area.

Cllr Dave Branwood said:

“Gornal is a thriving village and is always busy with local people using the shops. Many local people rely on this branch and will find it difficult to travel to another.

“I have been working hard with traders and residents to make sure the village is as good as it can be and I really don’t want to see the bank standing empty.

“Alongside Ian Austin MP we led a successful campaign to save the Post Office on the Straits and I don’t see why the same can’t be done here. Gornal has a bright future so I will be writing to the Chairman of Barclays Bank asking him to think again and I would encourage others do the same.”

Action taken to save Barclays branch from closure

Councillor David Branwood is launching a campaign against the closure of the Zoar Street branch of Barclays in Gornal after being told it is due to close in October this...


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