Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin slams Government threat to community fund

Local MP Ian Austin has slammed government proposals that could shut down an environmental fund that has invested £1.8 million in Dudley.

The Landfill Communities Fund was established in 1997 to compensate local communities affected by landfill activity. The scheme supports the work of local environmental trusts, with the Cory Environmental Trust investing over £1.8 million in sporting facilities, social projects, park refurbishment and the restoration of landmarks across Dudley.

The scheme is now under threat as a result of proposals announced in the Government's recent Autumn Statement to ramp up the contributions made by landfill operators. There are concerns that the Landfill Communities Fund will collapse if landfill operators are not be able to afford the extra contributions.

Austin has written to a number Government Ministers to raise concerns about the impact that the scheme's closure would have on places like Dudley.

Ian Austin said:

“By deciding to put this fund in jeopardy 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 directly with Government Ministers.”

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