Warning: Prepare for even more cuts
6:01pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Letters
I FEEL disappointed that the Welsh Government has given our councils the worst settlement since devolution.
What is even worse for me is the fact that my council, the Vale of Glamorgan will be hit the hardest with a 4.5 per cent reduction in cash terms. This will mean that services will suffer and jobs will have to be cut. It could even mean that some authorities in Wales could go bust from this challenging budget.
The Welsh Government claim that the budgets are to be allocated by levels of deprivation but although Barry is situated in a very affluent county, I think they have forgotten that the town has pockets of deprivation such as in my ward Court.
I just wonder what the public reaction will be to these disappointing cuts?
This will see councils potentially having to close libraries and sports centres, slash pothole and other day-to-day maintenance, cut bus subsidies and switch off streetlights between midnight and dawn. We as councils are expected to do far more for less and we are likely to face a £460m funding shortfall by 2016.
Will we be able to rise to the challenge? Only with the right support from the Welsh Government.
Labour has seriously let local government down in Wales – we will now face a crisis and I would say to residents’ that they should now prepare for the worst.
I for one will continue to fight for the most vulnerable and worse in our communities to try and protect them from these cuts.
And how about the Welsh Government playing their part? We need to see better management of its estate, the need to scrap under-performing and wasteful projects, more collaborative working and a serious cut in the number of Welsh Council’s in a bid to save money.