Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin raises cuts at Dudley's Museum and Art Gallery and libraries in the House of Commons

Ian Austin has raised the closure of Dudley’s Museum and Arts Gallery and cutbacks at libraries and other frontline services in the House of Commons.

The Dudley MP called for a House of Commons debate on the scale of cuts Dudley Council is being forced to make and demanded ministers explain how cutting Dudley’s spending by £61 per person when Windsor faces cuts of just £18 per person could be fair.

Cuts in government funding have seen Dudley Council lose £65 million since 2010, almost halving the money available for local roads, housing, care and other services.

Council chiefs have recently announced that cutbacks of £20 million in the coming years will force them to close Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and make changes to library services across the borough.

Austin has demanded a debate to address concerns that government cuts are falling most heavily on metropolitan areas, with Dudley losing £61 per person compared to losses of just £18 per person in Windsor.

Ian Austin said:

“Even before yesterday’s announcements, Dudley Council was losing half its funding, forcing councillors there to make absolutely terrible decisions about frontline services like our museum, the libraries - places I’ve been visiting since I was a child.

“We all know that savings have got to be made, but is it fair that Dudley is losing £61 per person whereas Windsor is losing only £18 per person.

“Can we have a debate with the CLG Minister in the House so he can tell the people of Dudley why that’s fair?”

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