Welsh council fees to rise by £200m, WLGA finds

Research by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has outlined that Welsh councils could see their running costs increase by £200 million, in the next few years.

Dr Chris Llewelyn, deputy chief executive of the WLGA, highlighted that councils would have to manage year on year inflation pressures whilst taking measures to save money.

He warned: “It will be difficult to keep the same level of services."

The news comes as Neath Port Talbot council has consulted on a package of almost £7 million of cuts which would include a reduction of almost £800,000 in the budget for schools next year.

Arwyn Woolcook, cabinet member for finance, councillor, the council has had to save £60 million over the last five years, cutting 1,700 jobs: “It made it difficult to maintain frontline services.”

Llewelyn added: "Things like the National Living Wage will mean more financial pressures, and research suggests costs will increase by £200 million over the next two to three years."

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