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New figures show local councils face £1 billion of extra cuts

New figures show Dudley Council could have to make extra cuts to save millions from its budgets as local council budgets will be cut by £1 billion more than expected.

At the Spending Review in June, George Osborne announced that local government funding would be cut by 10 per cent.

But a new analysis of government figures has revealed that the true figure is likely be closer to 15 per cent, £1 billion more than expected, because the Government’s figures had previously included conditional funding that isn’t guaranteed and can’t be included in council budgets.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has tabled a number of Parliamentary Questions to get clear figures on local council funding.

Stourbridge Candidate and Dudley Council finance boss Councillor Pete Lowe has also written to Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, asking him to clarify the scale of cuts facing local authorities.

Ian Austin MP says:

“George Osborne hid £1 billion of cuts to local services in the small print of his Spending Review in June, and it’s taken until now to find them.

“That’s going to make it much harder for councils to balance their budgets and deliver the services that people in Dudley rely on.

“I’m calling on Eric Pickles to put local people ahead of politics and set the record straight.”

Councillor Pete Lowe said:

“Making huge savings is hard enough for local councils without hidden cuts emerging months after budgets have been drawn up.

“I’ve written to Eric Pickles and Brandon Lewis at DCLG so we can get on with doing our best for people in Dudley.”

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