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Welsh Local Authorities Slam 'Worst' Funding Settlement

Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Local Authorities Slam 'Worst' Funding Settlement

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Council leaders in Wales have condemned the budget presented to the Welsh Assembly on January 15 as 'the worst local government settlement since devolution.

Finance and Public Service Delivery Minister Andrew Davies found an extra £4.7m for local government in the final version ofthe Welsh Assembly Government's spending plans for 2008/09 to 2010/11, giving all local authorities a minimum funding increase of 2%, with an average rise of 2.4%.

Davies said: 'We will be working with local government to simplify funding arrangements, target areas of underperformance and develop minimum standards of service delivery across Wales.'

But the Welsh Local Government Association savaged Davies' budget, describing the 2% floor as a belated recognition that rises in the region of 1% are totally unrealistic to deal with the scale of problems that councils face'. …

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