The WLGA has today congratulated Liz Truss following the announcement that she is to become the UK’s new Prime Minister but called on her to intervene immediately in the financial crisis gripping the country.
Councillor Andrew Morgan (Rhondda Cynon Taf), WLGA Leader said:
“I would like to congratulate Liz Truss on becoming the UK’s next Prime Minister. As she steps into office, local government wants to work alongside her new administration and Welsh Government to help communities in need. Urgent action is needed now without delay. Households, businesses, and our essential local services are being squeezed like never before. The new Prime Minister will be judged on her actions in the days and weeks ahead.
“It is vital that the necessary funding is delivered immediately from Westminster to Wales to shield essential council services, businesses, and communities over the harsh months to come.”
Councillor Mark Pritchard (Wrexham), WLGA Independent Group Leader said:
“Over the past few years, Welsh local government has had a good working relationship with UK government, and we look forward to working in the same way in the future. Alongside Welsh Government, that partnership working will need to continue so that we can work together through these challenging times. As they have always done, our councils continue to step up to the plate to support our communities. But the budgetary hurdles we face are severe. We ask the new Prime Minister to help and support our communities across Wales by relieving the pressure on essential local services.”
Councillor Llinos Medi (Ynys Môn), WLGA Plaid Cymru Group Leader said:
“Whilst I congratulate Liz Truss on becoming the UK’s new Prime Minister, there is no overstating the sheer scale of the challenge for public services. Residents rely on essential services such as schools and social care day in, day out, and are looking to us for answers. We want our councils to continue to be there for our communities to help and support them. But support is urgently needed from Westminster to help meet enormous budgetary pressures. The new Prime Minister must act at once to help councils help communities.”