TAKEN FROM THE NEWSLETTER OF LESLEY GRIFFITHS, WELSH LABOUR AM FOR WREXHAM. EVERY TIME I TRY TO OPEN HER BLOG MY LAPTOP SOUNDS AN ALARM AND WARNS ME THAT A THREAT HAS BEEN DETECTED.
SENSITIVE INTERNET SECURITY OR HAVE I MISJUDGED OUR LOCAL POLITICIAN?
Local Government settlements were announced this week and with Local Authorities braced for cuts of up to 4.5%, the Welsh Government delivered some positive news with the funding revenue decreased by a much smaller 1.4%.
Wrexham Council will receive a 1.3% reduction in its budget, meaning the Authority will have millions more pounds than originally expected and I very much hope the extra funding will be reinvested into local public services.
I understand the situation is still far from ideal, but further cuts to the Welsh Government budget from the UK Government unfortunately mean there are some difficult decisions for both the Welsh Government and Local Authorities to take.
The situation is worse in England as councils, having already seen their Government funding cut significantly since 2010, will see it cut by a further 8% every year for the next 4 years.
The Welsh Government has always done its best to mitigate against UK Government cuts and it will continue to do all it can to protect the people of Wales from Tory austerity.
Surely this makes it more difficult for the council to justify their cuts to adult social care?
I will be keeping and quoting such figures right back at the council as I fight for independent living for all.