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?”