Council set for budget cuts
3:01pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Penarth news
THE Vale Council has said it is “too early to say” what implications Welsh Government budgets cuts will have on services.
Welsh Government Finance minister, Vale AM Jane Hutt unveiled cuts for councils in her draft budget indicating that councils had known tougher times were ahead and she had softened the blow for three years.
Spending is set to decrease from £4.648bn this year to £4.466bn in 2014 meaning a cash cut of 3.91% or 5.81% in real terms.
Ms Hutt said the priority was to protect health and schools and universal benefits like free prescriptions, senior citizen bus passes and school breakfasts.
A Vale Council spokeswoman said: “It’s too early for us to say what implications the Welsh Government’s budget announcement will have on the Vale council and its services.”
But Cardiff Council’s cabinet member for finance, Cllr Russell Goodway said he thought there would be some local authorities in Wales that would go bust in the next two or three years.
He said: “They will run out of money."
Welsh Local Government Association chief executive, Steve Thomas said council tax could rise.
The Vale Council has the second highest council tax rate in Wales.