Plaid group slams farce over council budget consultation


The opposition Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly council has accused the ruling Labour group of a lack of transparency over proposals for next year’s budget.
Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, said: "The council has held two workshops, where several pages of proposals in small print have been handed out in the meetings for comment.
"This exercise allowed no more than a superficial look at the various proposals and the sheets were meticulously collected at the end of each meeting. Surely, this information should have been provided in advance to members so a constructive dialogue could take place.
"This attitude smacks of a lack of transparency and a view that consultation, even in a very limited form, is being carried out so the Labour council can say that opposition councillors have been consulted. Well, we haven’t been consulted properly. 
"There is also no indication of anything that has been cut out of the process by Cabinet and Labour group before these sheets of paper were prepared and handed out. If this is what passes for consultation, the Plaid group believes the only word to describe it is a farce.
"It seems that the Labour group is not really interested in hearing the views of opposition councillors and by their actions they are ignoring the views of many thousands of residents."