Vale is hammered with one of Wales's biggest council cuts
4:51pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
THE Vale Council will suffer a 4.5% cut to its budget making it the fourth most hit of Wales’ 22 local authorities.
The sum was announced by the Welsh Government, today, Wednesday October 16.
Ceredigion, Denbighshire and Powys will see a minus 4.6% decrease and it is thought cuts to public toilets, refuse collections and libraries could happen Wales-wide.
Welsh local government minister Lesley Griffiths said she was ensuring no single council faced an "unmanageable reduction in their allocation" compared to last year and added she had transferred more than £30m in grants to give councils greater flexibility in managing resources.
She said: "For the last three years, the Welsh government has shielded local government from the full force of the cuts to allow them to prepare for the transformational change necessary to maintain vital local services, whilst limiting any additional financial pressure on hard-pressed households."
Vale Councillor Ian Johnson, who represents Butrills ward in Barry, said: “There will be £8m less coming from Welsh Government than last year for services.
“Vale residents already had the highest council tax rise in not just Wales, but also England and Scotland this year, while Barry recently lost out on £15m of regeneration funding from the Welsh Government.
“This cut will put the Vale under great pressure to maintain services at the quality at which residents expect. “
A consultation period will end on November 20.