Town hall bosses in Dudley have revealed that reductions in government funding will have cut their budget by nearly 50 per cent in the space of just seven years.

As they release their latest budget proposals for the coming three years, Dudley Council bosses have announced that they will need to have made a total of £117 million of savings since 2011 due to the national shortfall.

It means by 2017/18 the council will be left with around half of the funds in real terms it had at its disposal before cutbacks started four years ago.

On top of £60million already saved in Dudley since 2011, in a budget report released today (TUES), it has been revealed that further savings of around £57 million will have to be made in Dudley over the next three years.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Austin slammed the Government for failing Dudley patients on waiting times and allowing Russells Hall to develop a £12 million deficit.  In his reply the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed that 86 trusts across the country are forecasting deficits.

Austin spoke after asking hundreds of local residents for their views on the hospital with 9 in 10 saying they had concerns over the impact the hospital’s deficit would have on waiting times at the hospital.

Coronation Gardens in Dudley town centre is set to receive a £1.3m refurbishment to improve access, appearance and its overall visitor experience.

Dudley Council is planning to enhance this part of the town’s historic environment by creating a physical link between the town centre, the Dudley college campus on Tower Street and the gardens.

The refurbishment of Coronation Gardens includes new and improved paving, a new access point with 1.5m wide footpath, lighting and street furniture, such as benches and the rebuilding of the historic wall.

The Grade II listed Apollo Fountain will be refurbished, where water will flow once more and up-lighting will be installed.

Sarah Norman Proposed New Cheif Executive Dudly CouncilThe proposed new chief executive of Dudley council was unveiled today to help the authority “be at the forefront of change”.

Sarah Norman, aged 52, will take up her new £165,000 a year position in the New Year if approved by full council at its special meeting on Friday (October 24).

Ms Norman is currently Strategic Director for Community at Wolverhampton City Council and comes with more than 30 years of public service experience.

She will replace the current chief executive John Polychronakis who is retiring from the authority after almost 40 years working in local government.