Plaid leader accuses Labour Welsh Government of victimising local government  


The leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly council has laid the blame for proposed multi-million spending cuts and a 6.95% council tax rise on the Labour Welsh Government.

Councillor Colin Mann said: “Welsh local government is being victimised by Labour Welsh Government.  Wales has received a worse financial settlement than the Conservative government gave  to local authorities in England in relation to funding for social care and that is not acceptable.

“A huge increase of nearly 7% in council tax is going to badly affect those in our communities who are already struggling with benefit changes – those who are already forced to go to food banks and also the ‘working poor’.

“I have already raised the question of the council investing to save – investing in ways that will bring income into the authority.  We have sufficient reserves to take some of these initiatives.  The council exists to provide services not take them away.

“Officers and the Labour cabinet need to look again at many of  the proposals for cuts which will cost more than saved in other areas – slashing highways maintenance, cutting community safety wardens, closing  civic amenity sites and public toilets.”