Local MP calls for a fair settlement
12:01pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Penarth news
VALE MP Alun Cairns has reacted angrily to the latest financial settlement announced by the Welsh Government which cuts funding at a higher rate that other councils across Wales.
The cut in funding from the Welsh Government will amount to 4.5 per cent and is the fourth highest reduction in Wales.
Mr Cairns pointed out that the Vale is already short changed by £25m per year, compared to Cardiff and Bridgend. He said that this cut on top is completely unfair and demanded that the Welsh Government rethink its plans.
Mr Cairns explained: "I have raised on more than one occasion that the Vale already receives one of the poorest funding settlements in Wales with neighbouring councils receiving between £202 and £409 extra per head more than the Vale. With the costs on providing services in the Vale no different to that in other parts of Wales this puts us at a disadvantage to start with.
"I was disappointed to learn from written Assembly Questions that the Welsh Government Minister stated on record that she had not received any recent representations from the Vale of Glamorgan Council regarding the comparative level of funding it receives."
"If this council were to receive the funding that Cardiff Council receives the Vale would have at least an extra £25.6m per year. This against a backdrop of seeing the dramatic decline in local public transport in the last few months and an increase in the amount of council tax to be paid. Cardiff residents saw no increase in their council taxes last year.
"We all recognise that there needs to be efficiencies and changes in the way services are delivered but it is wholly unacceptable that we are taking a larger cut than others in Wales.
"My Fair Funding for the Vale campaign is still ongoing and I hope everyone will be prepared to support it. The situation has deteriorated over the years and we need to act now.
"I launched a petition calling for change some time ago and hope that this new revelation will encourage more to support the Fair Funding for the Vale campaign, which can be found at www.aluncairns.co.uk"