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Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Tory government to end the cuts handed down to local authorities.

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Cuts to council funding has stripped away cash from local authorities, reducing the services they can provide local people. Cuts in government funding have seen Dudley Council lose £76 million since 2010 and this will rise to £92 million by 2019/20. Already the cutbacks have almost halved the money available for education, roads in the borough, social care, youth clubs, libraries, nurseries and other services.

Towns like Dudley have suffered far worse than wealthy areas, South Cambridgeshire were even given an increase of £14 per household in 2017 whilst our area lost out. Urban areas have been hit hardest, with households in Dudley losing £344, Sandwell £558 and Birmingham £695.

As the Conservative Party Conference comes to an end in Birmingham, a joint letter has been signed by Council Leaders, MPs, MEPs and the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands and sent to Teresa May demanding a stop to government cuts.

Ian Austin Said:

“We all know savings have had to be made, but areas like Dudley are losing much more money than wealthier areas.

“Cuts have had a devastating effect on frontline services for local people. Councils are the first point of call for children in need of care, for those facing homelessness and those fleeing domestic abuse and violence or caring for the elderly. They are responsible for maintaining our local infrastructure, maintaining green space, bin collections, libraries, leisure facilities and youth services. Yet funding for these crucial services has halved since 2010.”

“I want to see an end to these devastating cuts and a plan for proper investment into the frontline services we all rely on”

Austin calls for an end of damaging cuts to local government

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Tory government to end the cuts handed down to local authorities.  

Dudley MP Ian Austin has backed a bill which would let local communities sell their own renewable energy, and invest their profits back in to more renewable energy sources.

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The Local Energy Bill would allow communities to sell locally generated energy to local people. It has been drafted by Power for People, an organisation campaigning for more local, clean energy. Investment in renewable energy has collapsed in recent years, falling 10% in 2016 and a further 56% in 2017.

Currently, if a community owns an energy structure, such as a field of solar panels or a wind turbine, they are not able to sell the energy it generates to their own community, instead it goes back in to the national grid. The Local Electricity Bill, if made law, would create a 'right to local supply' for communities, allowing them to benefit from the money currently received by larger utility companies.

Ian Austin MP said:

"I have backed this bill because I want local communities to benefit from the hard work they put in to clean and renewable energy.

“The Local Electricity Bill will enable local energy generation to benefit local communities. I will do all I can to ensure it becomes law."

Steve Shaw, Director of Power for People said:

"We warmly welcome Ian Austin's support for this initiative. People like clean, local energy most when they know that their communities are receiving benefits from it. The Local Electricity Bill would enable this to happen across the country."

Dudley MP backs bill which would put renewable energy in the hands of local people

Dudley MP Ian Austin has backed a bill which would let local communities sell their own renewable energy, and invest their profits back in to more renewable energy sources.

I was delighted to be at the opening of the Priory Community Centre this weekend, alongside lots of local residents, councillors and volunteers.

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The centre will be a great facility for the local community, which has a new café, football pitches and basketball courts for people to use.

Thanks to the hard work of Sally and all the members of the Community Association the centre is open after 8 years. A special thanks for the brilliant local councillors Margaret, Ken and Alan who have been working away to make sure the building was completed and the area had a new community centre on the Priory estate.  

It was also fantastic to be joined by volunteers from Heavens Kitchen and Café Connect who will be helping to run the café.

It’s always a pleasure to be part of community days like these and I hope lots of people use the new facilities.

Delighted to open the new Priory Community Centre

I was delighted to be at the opening of the Priory Community Centre this weekend, alongside lots of local residents, councillors and volunteers.


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