MPs debated local government funding and police funding in the House of Commons on 28 March 2018. The subjects for debate were chosen by the Opposition.
Local government funding
The debate was opened by Andrew Gwynne, who claimed that local government has severely suffered as a result of almost eight years of brutal and devastating cuts; and noted with concern that the Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates that between 2010 and 2020 local government will have had direct funding cut by 79 per cent.
The second of the Opposition debates was on police funding and was opened by Louise Haigh, Shadow Minister for the Home Office.
About Opposition day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition.
Seventeen days are at the disposal of the Leader of the Opposition, the leader of the largest opposition party, to decide which matters are debated. Three days are usually divided between the other opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.
Watching Opposition day debates from the public gallery
UK residents and overseas visitors can watch proceedings in the House of Commons by visiting the public gallery.
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