Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs end to extortionate hospital parking

Dudley MP Ian Austin is stepping up his campaign against hospital parking charges.

Dudley MP Ian Austin is stepping up his campaign against hospital parking charges, which are as high as £4 an hour in some parts of the country.

Many patients have to travel to hospital by car due to their conditions, and while some hospitals offer discounts, they are often poorly advertised and come with stringent requirements.

Austin has campaigned against parking charges ever since he was first elected in 2005 and has now joined with MPs from all main parties to call for action on the issue.

While at £5.50 per day, parking at Russels Hall is lower than the West Midlands average of £6.09, Austin is keen to ensure regulations are put in place to avoid rapid rises as hospitals come under increased financial pressure.

Ian Austin said:

“When me or a member of my family is ill, we queue up at Russels Hall like anybody else in Dudley and I know how parking charges can rack up quickly – that’s why I have always campaigned against these charges.

“Lots of people in Dudley have got in touch with me to say how frustrating it is to have to spend so much on parking when going to the hospital for an appointment or to visit loved ones. These fees often hit vulnerable people at a time when they may already be facing a fall in their income.”

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