DENBIGHSHIRE FACES 1.6% CUT COMPARED TO 7.1% IN ENGLAND
Denbighshire County Council will face a much lower cut than expected in the coming year thanks to efforts by the Plaid driven Welsh government to protect vulnerable people and frontline services. The Provisional Local Government Revenue Settlement published this week by the Welsh government following last week’s draft budget shows Denbighshire County Council will face a cut of 1.6% over the coming year. In England local government is facing a cut of 7.1% each year for the next 4 years.
Mabon ap Gwynfor, Plaid Cymru Candidate in Clwyd South said that Plaid’s priorities in government are the needs of children, vulnerable people and frontline services. He said that this commitment had been demonstrated by the draft budget which provided a level of protection for social services and schools. The Plaid AM went on to call for local councils to ensure that this protection is passed onto social services, schools and service users on the front line.
“Plaid Cymru have fought hard to ensure that the priorities of this area are reflected in the settlement given to Local Authorities”, said Plaid Cymru’s Mabon ap Gwynfor. “The cuts are much lower than originally anticipated, with Denbighshire facing cuts of 1.6% as opposed to the 7.1% cuts that councils in England will have to suffer. The Conservatives and the Lib Dems have dealt Wales a very poor hand, but Plaid Cymru have secured a level of protection for Social Services and Schools, prioritising the needs of children, the elderly and the vulnerable. Denbighshire County Council must now ensure that this protection is passed onto the people on the frontline who make use of these services.”