Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Government to give Dudley a fairer deal on council funding.
Speaking in questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Austin told Ministers that Dudley was facing unfair cuts of twenty percent compared to cuts as low as one percent in wealthy areas like Surrey.
Austin said the figures show that the Government is to blame for council cutbacks including library closures and increasing pressure on social services for elderly and disabled people.
He also spoke up for council employees that were forced to take up to three days’ paid leave over Christmas, slicing one percent off their pay packet as a result of budget cuts.
The MP has been campaigning for West Midlands councils to get a fairer deal on funding for council services, police and firefighters.
Ian Austin said:
“Dudley would be able to do much more on housing, if it wasn’t having its budgets cut by twenty percent, compared to one percent in Surrey and two percent in Buckinghamshire.
“That’s put pressure on a whole range of council services, not just in this area, but we’ve seen libraries close, social services under pressure, and over Christmas, let me tell you this Mr Speaker, hard-working, low-paid staff in Dudley had to take three days’ unpaid leave, effectively a pay cut of one percent, because of this government’s cuts.
“How can they sit there and tell me that the cuts they have imposed on Dudley are in any way fair?”