Birmingham goes into the festive season fearing a bleak New Year - Theresa May's treatment of the City is more like Ebenezer Scrooge

Labour MP Jack Dromey, has said that chronic underfunding of UK councils and services by the Government is hitting Birmingham especially hard.

At a time when Birmingham City Council is facing a funding crisis next year, this month the Tories published a Local Government Settlement that hit our city particularly severely. Leader of the Council, Cllr John Clancy, said that Birmingham received a 4.8% cut in spending power per dwelling. Essential services in the city such as social care are faced being cut in half, letting down thousands of Brummies in desperate need of social care. 

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According to the Birmingham YMCA, unless the Government agrees to help address the mounting pressures faced by the council, the chances of more homeless people dying, like the young man who froze to death on a Birmingham street on 29 November, will be much higher.

Additionally it is estimated that 8,750 children in Erdington alone are in child poverty, this figure is also expected to rise in the city.

Government plans to cut Birmingham Nursery school funding in the Early Years Funding Formula are pushing Nurseries to breaking point and some ever closer to closure. In contrast, in Windsor and Maidenhead, the Local Authority covering Prime Minister Theresa May’s constituency, funding per hour is set to go up.

Likewise last week Birmingham schools learnt that their budgets would also be reduced, by as much as £20 million. 

Jack Dromey, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington, said:

“The great city of Birmingham has been hit hard by the largest cuts in local government history. It is simply wrong that our children, the elderly and the vulnerable are losing out to leafy Tory shires. With wages stagnant and hollowed out essential services, it’s going to be a cold Christmas for many Brummies. 

“Theresa May has portrayed the Tories as the party for working people. Her party's treatment of Birmingham is more like that of Ebenezer Scrooge.