Local Government and Social Care Funding

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:16 pm on 24th April 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burden Richard Burden Labour, Birmingham, Northfield 2:16 pm, 24th April 2019

Does the Secretary of State not recognise that in the case of Birmingham, cumulative cuts of £775 million over a 12-year period are simply not sustainable for a city that has 42% of its children growing up in poverty? Whether or not he accepts that, will he at least do something about the historical underfunding? He will know that the formula for Birmingham was changed to recognise historical underfunding in 2016-17, but because that was not backdated to correct underfunding in the previous two years, Birmingham has been short-changed by £100 million. Will he at least put that right?