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In 2010 the Tories and Lib Dems signed the city up to a reckless £2.7 billion, 25 year contract with Amey for the repair and maintenance of roads, pavements and street lights.

With the city's roads deteriorating the Council won a Court of Appeal case earlier this year requiring Amey to meet its contracted obligations. Their poor performance, evident from the appalling state of many roads, has led to significant deductions in the payments made to Amey.

We've demanded that Amey get on with the job of fixing our roads instead of trying to get out of the contract.

The people of Birmingham want the potholes fixed and they want value for money. Now it's Labour's job to make sure they get both. 

As seen in the Birmingham Post...

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Labour to pothole contractors: "GET ON WITH IT!"

In 2010 the Tories and Lib Dems signed the city up to a reckless £2.7 billion, 25 year contract with Amey for the repair and maintenance of roads, pavements and...

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Labour has retained its majority on Birmingham city council.

The vote in May saw the number of councillors reduced from 120 to 101. After all of the seats had been declared, Labour had a total of 67 and the Conservatives had 25, with other parties on 9. You can view the full results by following the links below to the Birmingham City Council website.

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THE RESULTS: Birmingham City Council Election 2018

Labour has retained its majority on Birmingham city council. The vote in May saw the number of councillors reduced from 120 to 101. After all of the seats had been...

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Labour Candidates Fred Grindrod and Liz Clements have written to the Conservative West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street and the leader of the Conservative Group on Birmingham City Council, Robert Alden, asking them to condemn remarks made by the Conservative Candidate for Bournville and Cotteridge at yesterday (Thursday 27th April) evening’s hustings in Bournville and Cotteridge.

In his answers to questions from the public, Councillor Douglas Osborn used the offensive terms “tinker” and “coloured”. He also characterised many users of the B30 foodbank as scroungers.

The foodbank itself is located in Cotteridge Church where the hustings took place. When challenged on this he said that “people didn’t want to hear the truth”.

Fred Grindrod said, “I was shocked by the language used by Councillor Douglas Osborn at tonight’s hustings. A number of members of the public approached me to express their dismay. We have written to both the Mayor and Leader of the Conservative Group asking them to condemn these remarks. The people of Birmingham go to polls on Thursday, they need to know their answer on this issue well in advance of then.’”

Liz Clements said “Bournville Labour Party is proud to support the work of the B30 foodbank, but we are sad that it is necessary in our city due to Conservative Policies. It is incredible that just a day after the #BrumFeeds campaign is launched, a Tory Council candidate calls foodbank users scroungers. It is even more shocking that he said it at a church where the local foodbank is based."

TORY COUNCILLOR: Food bank users "scroungers"

  Labour Candidates Fred Grindrod and Liz Clements have written to the Conservative West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street and the leader of the Conservative Group on Birmingham City Council, Robert...

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Analysis of official council tax figures for 2018/19 shows that residents living in Labour councils pay considerably lower council tax bills, on average, than those living in Tory controlled areas.

This analysis comes, despite Theresa May’s previous promise that ‘if your council tax keeps going up and up, but your local services are getting worse….. then we want to help you.’

Where Labour controls the local council, households will pay on average £341 less next year than those living in Tory areas.

Figures also reveal that eight of the 10 councils charging the highest average council tax per dwelling in 2017/18 are Tory controlled.

Six of the 10 councils with the biggest increases in council tax between 2016/17 – 2017/18 are also Tory controlled with Conservative Swindon council increasing council tax by over £120 since last year.

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said:

“It’s clear, Labour councils cost you less. At a time when so many households are struggling with the cost of living, Labour in local government is doing its best to help local residents by keeping council tax bills down.

“The Tories won’t stand up for working people. They are putting family prosperity and Britain’s future at risk.

“We need to elect as many Labour Councillors as possible on May 3rd, to stand up against these unfair Tory cuts.”

REVEALED: Households save on average £341 under Labour

Analysis of official council tax figures for 2018/19 shows that residents living in Labour councils pay considerably lower council tax bills, on average, than those living in Tory controlled areas....

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Birmingham Labour MPs have written to the Conservative Group Leader on Birmingham City Council in an unprecedented call to end the cuts to our city. The MPs highlight the nearly £650m in budget cuts since 2010 and condemn the failure of the Conservatives to stand up to the Government.

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Dear Robert,

We, the nine Labour MPs in Birmingham, are writing to you in relation to our concern regarding the city’s Conservatives’ failure to stand up to its own Party’s Government and put the city first.

Since the Conservative-led Coalition’s austerity programme began in 2010, Birmingham has been consistently treated unfairly by Central Government across a range of public services. We have seen council budgets cut, police budgets slashed, education funding squeezed and the health service in a growing state of crisis as it is starved of the money it needs to properly support the city’s population.

Government funding for Birmingham City Council (BCC) has been cut by almost £650 million since 2010, the largest cuts in local government history. The Council anticipates having to make further cuts of £123 million by 2021/22. While there have been cuts to most councils across the country, they have disproportionately hit Birmingham and other areas of high deprivation hard. Since 2010, the ten most deprived local authorities in the country (including Birmingham) have lost seven times more spending power than the ten least deprived. Yet the alternative Tory BCC budget for 2018-19, including a four-year council tax freeze, would impose £120 million in additional cuts to the services the people of Birmingham rely on.  Labour has fought for seven years for a fair deal for Birmingham and fair treatment on funding. The city’s Tories have simply supported their Government, no matter what.

It is not just council budgets which have unfairly impacted on Birmingham. West Midlands Police has faced huge cuts of £145 million, culminating in the loss of more than 2,000 Police Officers and crime rising once again. Violent crime in particular is causing growing alarm in Birmingham. It has now been revealed that, according to the Home Office’s own police funding formula, the Force is being treated unfairly. If the formula - based on population and level of threat - was fairly applied, West Midlands Police would receive an extra £44 million per year. That would mean an extra 500 Police Officers and 100 more PCSOs, as well as allowing West Midlands Police to keep stations open. Instead, leafy Conservative homelands like Surrey are receiving more than they should. At a time when crime is rising across the West Midlands, the Police being denied the funding they deserve is to betray the first duty of any government, the safety and security of its citizens. The hypocrisy of the City’s Tories, who have failed to join us in arguing for fair funding, to then blame the Police Service for police station closures is breathtaking.

Educating Birmingham’s children is vital to ensure that the city benefits from future prosperity and economic growth, giving all kids the best start in life. Unfortunately, all we have seen from the Tories since 2010 is remorseless downward pressure on school budgets. Nationally, the National Association of Head Teachers has identified that £2bn extra funding per year has been needed since 2015 just to keep up with rising costs, and in Birmingham, 361 out of 364 schools are facing budget cuts. Last year, Head Teachers from 66 Birmingham schools wrote to the Prime Minister warning the looming “fairer funding” formula cuts would further damage their schools. The shortfall in budgets has not been addressed since. 98% of schools in Birmingham are facing budget cuts and our children deserve better. Still, silence from Birmingham’s Conservatives.

On top of that, Birmingham’s NHS is now mired in a financial crisis. The city’s NHS chiefs are being forced to find cuts of £155.5 million this year and £87 million next year. Together, two of the city’s key hospitals, along with the city’s primary care system – which funds GP’s and health visitors – are running in the red to the tune to nearly £23 million this year. In total, the city’s NHS now faces a gigantic £750 million black hole to fill by 2020. This has resulted in the number of people waiting more than four hours in A&E increasing by a staggering 127%. The NHS is one of our national treasures and yet Birmingham’s Tories continue to let the city down, allowing the Government to get away with cuts that harm the sick and the vulnerable.

Despite the Government's continued failure to address the adult social care crisis, Birmingham City Council will spend an extra £30.4m on adult services this year. The Local Government Association (LGA) estimates that Adult Social Care alone will require an additional nationally £2.3bn by 2019/20. Rather than take responsibility for the mess they’ve made of adult social care funding, they’re passing the bill onto already hard-pressed council tax-payers via the Social Care Precept. Even leading Tories are now telling their Government that adult care is in crisis. Izzi Seccombe, Tory chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, described current funding measures, such as the £2bn announced in the spring Budget and the council tax precept, as “sticking plasters” that will not prevent the social care funding gap reaching £2.3bn by 2020. Yet scarcely a peep from the city’s Tories.

Moreover, while failing to stand up for Birmingham, the Conservatives have been telling barefaced lies on their election leaflets, for example about Labour plans for the city’s bin collections. Labour has been forging ahead with the modernisation of the waste and recycling services to keep the City’s streets clean in the face of the scything cuts to the Council’s budget since 2010. And, despite Tory scaremongering, Labour will keep weekly bin collections in Birmingham. Labour has given that commitment and that will not change. You know it. Yet the Tories continue lying to the public.

The UK’s second city deserves far more than the disregard which has been shown to it by the Conservative Party nationally and the Birmingham Conservatives locally. We can only provide public services, protect our citizens, educate our children, treat our sick and care for our vulnerable with fair funding. However, this has been denied. And to add insult to injury, the City is time and again short-changed in favour of the leafy Tory shires. We are calling on Birmingham Conservatives to, for once, stand up for the city and tell its Government that Birmingham cannot cope with further cuts to essential services.

Yours sincerely,

Jack Dromey

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington

Preet Gill

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston

Roger Godsiff

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hall Green

Richard Burden

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield

Khalid Mahmood

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Perry Barr

Steve McCabe

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak

Shabana Mahmood

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood   

The Rt. Hon. Liam Byrne

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill

Jess Phillips  

Member of Parliament for Birmingham                            

Yardley            

LETTER: Tories aren't standing up for Birmingham

Birmingham Labour MPs have written to the Conservative Group Leader on Birmingham City Council in an unprecedented call to end the cuts to our city. The MPs highlight the nearly...

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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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