Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin slams £7.1 million cut to community fund

Local MP Ian Austin has slammed government plans to cut £7.1 million from an environmental fund benefiting Dudley.

The government’s recent Budget sets out plans to cut £7.1 million from the Landfill Communities Fund which compensates local communities affected by landfill activity.

The fund has previously supported projects in Dudley including the restoration of Ruiton Windmill in Gornal and improvements to Priory Park.

Austin has tabled Parliamentary Questions and written to George Osborne to raise concerns about how the funding cut will affect places like Dudley.

Ian Austin said:

“By choosing to slash £7.1 million from this pot of funding the government has proved yet again that investment in our area just isn’t a priority.

“Projects like the improvements to Priory Park just couldn’t have happened without this funding, so I’m raising my concerns with George Osborne.”

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of Landfill Community Fund grants to projects in (a) Dudley North constituency, (b) Dudley Borough, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the performance of projects funded by the Landfill Communities Fund; what plans he has for the future of the fund; and if he will make a statement.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had regarding the future of the Landfill Communities Fund.

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