Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin demands fair deal for Dudley

Dudley MP Ian Austin has demanded the government treat Dudley more fairly when it comes to council funding.

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Speaking in the Commons, Austin asked the Chancellor why Dudley Council has had a 20% cut in its spending power, whilst the Chancellor’s own area of Surrey has actually seen an increase.

According to the National Audit Office, there has been a 49.1% real-terms reduction in government funding for English local authorities between 2010-11 and 2017-18, affecting areas like Dudley far more than leafy areas such as Surrey.

Cuts to council funding has stripped away cash from the services the Council provide for local people. Dudley Council has lost will have lost over £100 million by next year. The cutbacks have vastly cut the money available for education, roads in the borough, social care, youth clubs, libraries, nurseries and other services.

Ian Austin Said:

“It is completely unacceptable that areas like ours are hit far harder than leafy areas like Surrey, which the Chancellor represents.

“We all know savings have had to be made, but years of cutbacks have left Council’s barely enough money to function properly.

“The Chancellor had an opportunity last week to give local authorities like Dudley, which are struggling to provide basic frontline services, a cash funding boost in his budget. Sadly, we did not see this, just an empty promise that austerity is over.

“I want the government to give Dudley Council it’s fair share of cash so that our local services are fully funded as soon as possible”

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