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It's official: Birmingham City Council is the local authority facing the biggest Tory cuts in the country.

According to research Birmingham City Council comes top for the level of cuts by 2020, at over £376 million. It also features in other top ten rankings, such as level of cuts per household and cuts in comparison to levels of deprivation.

Local government is under enormous pressure because of politically motivated Tory cuts that hit the poorest hardest. Ordinary families are paying the price as councils are forced to cut services to fill the gap.

These latest figures prove what we’ve been saying for years – The Tories have got it in for Birmingham. Despite the unprecedented level of cuts Labour has made a real difference in Birmingham and is making the right choices.

A vote for the Tories is a vote for more cuts to our city, your community, and your street.

On Thursday 3rd of May the people of Birmingham a vote for Labour will send a message to the Tories that enough is enough.

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Birmingham HARDEST hit by Tory cuts in country

It's official: Birmingham City Council is the local authority facing the biggest Tory cuts in the country. According to research Birmingham City Council comes top for the level of cuts by...

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Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington, has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which if implemented would secure £44 million annual funding that West Midlands Police is currently missing out on.

West Midlands Police is not receiving the proportion of funding the Home Office’s own indicators state it should receive and Jack Dromey MP is calling on the government to implement their own plans, ensuring the Force’s funding matches its needs. He is seeking cross party support for the measures to support West Midlands Police.

Lower crime, lower risk areas like Surrey are currently receiving more funding in relation to their population and level of crime, at the expense of the West Midlands.

Information obtained by Jack Dromey highlights what £44 million would mean for West Midlands Police. It shows that if West Midlands Police receives the additional funding the force is owed, it could:

  • Increase officer numbers from 6,500 to 7,000 costing £25 million annually
  • Increase PCSO numbers by 100 costing £3.5 million annually
  • Use £6.5 million to hire more specialist staff
  • £5 million to cover estates running costs of 24 planned building closures
  • £4 million annually to accelerate technology and estates improvements

Labour's calls for £44million BOOST to police funding

  Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington, has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which if implemented would secure £44 million annual funding that West Midlands...

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Across the country local government is facing a funding crisis. As councils up and down Britain do their utmost to support the most vulnerable in society who depend upon local services, they are met with budget cuts at every turn.

The funding crisis could not be clearer when it comes to adult social care. You can understand why the Tories don't want you to see these figures - they are shameful.

The Local Government Association estimates a £2.6 billion gap in funding for adult social care by 2020.

In Birmingham we’ve seen a staggering 32 per cent fall in staff levels in the sector due to the squeeze on budgets.

With an ageing population there are concerns that the situation is becoming untenable. Families are concerned for their elderly relatives who depend on social care. Those reaching retirement worry for their own future in a system on the brink of collapse.

Labour has pledged to work with MPs, other councils and NHS partners to highlight the crisis and lobby government to produce a credible funding plan.

The adult social care CRISIS in Birmingham

Across the country local government is facing a funding crisis. As councils up and down Britain do their utmost to support the most vulnerable in society who depend upon local...

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Today Birmingham Labour has released their local manifesto ahead of the city-wide elections on 3 May. The manifesto, entitled ‘Building a Better Birmingham – Labour’s Local Manifesto 2018-2022’ lays out Labour’s commitments to the people of Birmingham in a comprehensive four-year plan.

The radical and responsible manifesto for Birmingham delivers a programme of hope for the people of the city, in the face of hundreds of millions of pounds worth of cuts delivered by Tory Governments over the last eight years.

View the manifesto in full here.

Building a better Birmingham

Today Birmingham Labour has released their local manifesto ahead of the city-wide elections on 3 May. The manifesto, entitled ‘Building a Better Birmingham – Labour’s Local Manifesto 2018-2022’ lays out...

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Tory Mayor Andy Street appears to have joined the recently established school of Fake News. Andy Street is on the campaign trail and has been taking liberties with established facts.

Fact or fiction? Let's take a look:

Recently Mr. Street has been portraying himself as a central figure in securing the Commonwealth Games bid for Birmingham in 2022. The fact is that Mr. Street did not secure the Commonwealth Games for Birmingham.

However, this has not dampened Mr. Street’s desire to go on a schmooze-fest, taking himself down under on a jolly holiday to Australia’s Gold Coast to soak up the sun at this year’s Commonwealth Games. Mr. Street should confirm whether or not this is a tax-payer funded jaunt to one of Australia’s top tourist areas – with its sandy beaches, subtropical climate, nightlife and theme parks.

Another claim of Mr. Street’s that doesn’t stack up is his critique of overspending by West Midlands Police on the ‘Office staff’. The facts show that the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) has recruited staff to deal with a huge increase in emergency 999 calls, as crime rises and brought in other specialists to free up police officers to get out on the streets. The PCC is also increasing officer recruitment by 100 and that is in the face of over £12 million of Tory cuts to the West Midlands’ Police budget this year alone.

Mr. Street, by comparison, is due to increase his own office’s revenue budget four-fold to £1.5 million by 2020 and his answer to police funding was to ask for increased council tax to be paid by local residents rather than for more central government funding from his Tory chums at the Treasury.

The Tory Mayor is playing fast and loose with the facts here in this latest round of Tory propaganda. The people of Birmingham will not be fooled.

Labour slams Tory Mayor in fake news furore

Tory Mayor Andy Street appears to have joined the recently established school of Fake News. Andy Street is on the campaign trail and has been taking liberties with established facts....

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Labour MPs Jack Dromey, Jess Phillips, Roger Godsiff, Preet Gill, Richard Burden and Khalid Mahmood have written to Tory MP Andrew Mitchell urging him to put Birmingham’s children before Party loyalty next week, and vote against a Government plan to impose an income threshold on families currently receiving universal credit.

The policy will mean that over 16,600 children in our city, many growing up in poverty, will not be able to access a free school meal, according to the Children’s Society. The charity estimates it could affect over a million children across the country.

For some children, this could literally mean the difference between eating a hot meal that day, or going hungry.

The Government’s plans to restrict free school meals will be brought to the Commons next week, following an intervention from Labour to bring these heartless and short sighted plans to a binding vote.

In a joint statement, Jack Dromey MP and Jess Phillips MP said:

“The Tories are trying to leave over a million children without access to free school meals, that’s potentially 16,600 in our city alone.

“If Tory MP Andrew Mitchell votes to literally take hot dinners away from the children of his constituents, I don’t know how he will be able to hold his head high in our city.

“The vote on Tuesday gives him an opportunity to show just whose side he is on; children in Birmingham, or this Tory government imposing heartless cuts on families.

“We’ve written to the Tories asking them to consider their priorities on Tuesday.”

 

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REVEALED: Tory plans could make 16,600 children in Birmingham go hungry

Labour MPs Jack Dromey, Jess Phillips, Roger Godsiff, Preet Gill, Richard Burden and Khalid Mahmood have written to Tory MP Andrew Mitchell urging him to put Birmingham’s children before Party...

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Tory cuts in Birmingham are starving schools of the funding they need to deliver a first-class education. Crippling underfunding across our city is driving up class sizes and forcing schools to cut corners. 

The latest figures from schoolscuts.org.uk drive home the urgent situation in schools across our city. We can't go on like this.

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Schools in Birmingham will lose £59million in funding by 2020, that's a loss of £339 per pupil.

Labour has been fighting tooth-and-nail for a fair deal for Birmingham's schools. And we won’t stop until we get fair funding in line with other parts of Britain. Our Birmingham Youth Promise has helped 10,000 young people into work or training after leaving school or college.

Labour is rebuilding our city and making the right choices – let us finish the job.

 

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REVEALED: Birmingham's school funding SLASHED by the Tories

Tory cuts in Birmingham are starving schools of the funding they need to deliver a first-class education. Crippling underfunding across our city is driving up class sizes and forcing schools to...

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Labour is protecting Birmingham households from the national Tory council tax bombshell after listening to hard-pressed residents.

Under plans announced by the Government in December, bills could have risen by a massive eight per cent this year, adding £100 to bills of the Band D properties in Birmingham.

But, despite Government cuts of almost £650 million a year to its budget, the Labour council has refused to let the Government’s irresponsible failure to fund local services hit hardworking taxpayers.

Labour has kept the increase down to 3.99 per cent from the council plus a further one per cent for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:

“As our city braces for a further round of Tory cuts to local services, this national council tax bombshell would have served as a double whammy for the people of Birmingham.

"We know that far too many people are struggling with the increased cost of living and Labour has listened, so the council tax increase in Birmingham will now be lower than the one we consulted on.

"We've also successfully blocked West Midlands Mayor Andy Street's plan to add an additional one per cent to council tax bills.

"My message to the people of Birmingham is this: you won’t have to pick up the bill for the Tory Government’s underfunding of our city by millions of pounds.

"Labour is rebuilding our city and making the right choices – let us finish the job.”

 

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Will you be hit by Tory council tax bombshell?

Labour is protecting Birmingham households from the national Tory council tax bombshell after listening to hard-pressed residents. Under plans announced by the Government in December, bills could have risen by...

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Labour has been forging ahead with the modernisation of the waste and recycling services in the face of over £650 million of cuts to its budget since the Tory Government came to power in 2010.

Despite Tory scaremongering, Labour will keep your weekly bin collection in Birmingham. No ifs, no buts – your weekly collection is staying.

Don't let the Tories fool you - they've got it in for Birmingham. We have been treated unfairly by the Conservatives at every turn underfunding our city by hundreds of millions of pounds, in comparison with Southern shires.

Labour has been fighting tooth-and-nail for a fair deal for Birmingham. And we won’t stop until we get fair funding in line with other parts of Britain.

 

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The weekly collection is safe with Labour

Labour has been forging ahead with the modernisation of the waste and recycling services in the face of over £650 million of cuts to its budget since the Tory Government...

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In the face of £650 million of Tory cuts – Labour has made a real difference in Birmingham and has made the right choices. Birmingham is a dynamic, growing city. Our skyline is changing. Despite the Tories trying to hold Birmingham back, Labour are re-building Birmingham. Let Labour finish the job because with Labour we will ensure the development of our city benefits the many and not the few.

Labour in Birmingham has delivered for the many, not the few

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