Double blow for Birmingham’s Police and Public services


This week the Government announced its police and local government finance settlements, which set out funding plans for the next financial year. Yet again, it’s more bad news for our city.

Birmingham has already suffered the biggest cuts in local government history approaching £700 million. To make matters worse, the Government have failed again to address the £100 million that our city is owed due to unfairness in the way local government funding has been allocated by the Conservative Government. The reality of this is less money for vital services in Birmingham like children’s services and adult social care. I raised this issue with Ministers in the House of Commons this week.

Our Police will not receive a single extra penny from the Government either. West Midlands Police have lost over 2,000 officers since 2010 and recorded crime is up 14%. In fact West Midlands Police need an extra £22 million just to stand still so this week’s announcement means another real-terms cut for our Police service.

It is no surprise that people in our city feel let down. I will continue to demand that our city gets a fairer funding deal.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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