Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin calls on police to cut costs by leaving expensive Birmingham city centre offices

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on West Midlands Police to look at moving police offices back into Dudley in its upcoming review of police estates.

The force recently announced a review of police buildings in the region to examine the cost and effectiveness of maintaining each of its 140 buildings and to see what buildings it should operate in local communities.

Austin is calling for police officials to look at leaving expensive offices at Lloyd House in central Birmingham and moving to Dudley instead.

He says that such a move would cut costs, invest in town centres and improve local policing.

Ian Austin MP said:

“This review is a great opportunity for West Midlands Police to cut costs, invest in town centres and improve local policing all at the same time.

“I think West Midlands Police should look at reducing the number of expensive buildings they operate in places like Lloyd House in Birmingham city centre which must be one of the most expensive places to have an office in the region.

“Instead, they should be moving services into towns like Dudley.

“Money spent by public services like the police must be used to support ailing town centres.

“I’d like to see all sorts of government departments and public service administrative centres moved out of London and out of Birmingham City Centre and closer to communities in places like Dudley.”

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