Council cuts to persist despite ‘fair’ budget, WLGA says

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has said there will be no end to council cuts despite receiving the best budget settlement in half a decade.

The the Welsh budget for 2017-18 included a 0.25 per cent increase in overall funding for local government. However, day-to-day spending is forecast to rise to £4.3 billion, once business-rate income is included, but funding for this category will fall to minus 1.5 per cent once inflation is taken into account.

Steve Thomas, chief executive of the WLGA, described the settlement as ‘challenging but fair’.

He said: "There will not be an elimination of the cuts. There is still huge pressure on local authorities and tough times. They have not gone away and, for many local authorities, there will be big choices to make.

"What we have got is a sensible budget and, while everybody will take that view, there won't be any dancing in the streets."