Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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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.

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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”

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