Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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MP demands fairer funding for West Midlands authorities in the Budget

Labour MP Ian Austin has called for West Midlands to get a fairer funding deal in the Budget this March.

 

The MP has called on the Chancellor to use the Budget in March to make sure West Midlands authorities get a fairer funding deal after new figures revealed the unfairness of the Tory government’s cuts across the region.

According to new research, the West Midlands will have lost £349.40 per household in spending power by 2020. Meanwhile, wealthier areas will see an increase in spending after George Osborne handed hundreds of millions of pounds to wealthy Tory councils ahead of this May’s council elections.

The figures reveal that the Conservatives have handed wealthy areas like South Cambridgeshire an increase of £14 per household while areas across the West Midlands suffers yet more cuts. Urban areas have been hit hardest, with households in Dudley losing £344, Sandwell £558 and Birmingham £695.

It was recently revealed that none of the four Black Country local authorities or Birmingham would benefit from a new £300 million government fund to support cash-strapped local authorities.

Austin has warned that councils have been cut to the bone since 2010 and while Government ministers said they would protect funding, research based on the Government’s own figures show they are cutting harder than ever but protecting the wealthiest.

Ian Austin said:

"Everyone accepts that savings need to be made, but the Government’s priorities are completely wrong.

"David Cameron promised to protect local services, but the reality is deeper cuts in places like the West Midlands and more funding for the wealthiest areas.

"When times are tough, funding has to be distributed fairly and go where it’s needed most, so I will be telling George Osborne to give the West Midlands a fairer deal in the Budget."

A full breakdown of spending power at West Midlands local authorities can be found here.

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