Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin slams fresh cuts to local police

Dudley MP Ian Austin has slammed fresh cuts to policing in the West Midlands.

Policing Minister Mike Penning announced on Wednesday that the government would be making a further £23 million in cuts to West Midlands Police to fund extra inspections and national projects instead.

The new announcement means that West Midlands Police will have to cut £100 million from its budget in the next few years on top of cuts of £120 million that it has already made.

The government has already come in for criticism from local MPs after the West Midlands lost out on £43 million in funding this year as the result of a government decision to reduce the amount of funding awarded based on need.

Austin is campaigning against plans to close Dudley Police Station to the public, and is calling on the government to give the West Midlands a fairer share of funding to keep it open.

Ian Austin said:

“These cuts are completely unacceptable at a time when Dudley could become the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.

“This is what happens when the government cuts spending too quickly and too deeply.

“Local people want more police on the streets, more offenders brought before court and more criminals put in jail, so I’m fighting for the West Midlands to get a fairer share of police funding.”

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