Plaid leader hits out at Labour’s budget plans for 2019-20 

07/02/2019

The Plaid Cymru group issued a statement to the local media following publication of the agenda and report on the 2018-19 council budget.

The Labour-run Cabinet will consider the report next Wednesday. It proposes a 6.95% rise in council tax - equivalent to £73 EXTRA over a year for those in Band D properties - and cuts of £13.921m in the next financial year.

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly County Borough Council, said:

“A council tax rise of 6.95% is more than twice the rate of inflation at a time when most people are under pressure and have seen their wages increase by much less than inflation or not at all.

“People who have been appalled by the multi-million pound cost of the senior officers’ pay scandal will feel that that money could have been used instead to reduce spending cuts or the size of council tax increases.

“Not making the cuts is sadly only temporary and the longer-term intention has not changed.

 “We welcome the partial restoration of Community Safety Wardens but most people would say that the cuts should never have been proposed, as the service is greatly valued by both the public and councillors.  We welcome a decision to scrap charges on rat treatments which, if imposed, could have led to a public health threat.

“We note the temporary reprieve on caretaker support for community centres generally but it is obvious that the council is determined to end its involvement.  What needs to be taken into consideration is that the voluntary committees running the centres are often struggling for support and there is a real risk of centres shutting.”