Looking ahead to tomorrow’s local government settlement to be announced by Welsh Government, Councillor Anthony Hunt (Torfaen), WLGA Finance Spokesperson, said:
“Over recent months, we have made clear the devastating effects being wielded on council budgets due to surging inflationary pressures and sky-high energy bills. In turn, the impacts on our communities and residents are likely to be profound.”
“As it stands, local services are facing a £784m budget black hole next year alone which is only likely to rise ever further in subsequent years.
“As we look to the local government settlement, we appreciate that the Welsh Government’s financial firepower is limited, and we are realistic about the prospect for a solution which meets the huge pressures. But, as shown in close engagement and past funding settlements, we also know of Welsh Government’s commitment to our essential local services which contribute so much to our communities. We very much hope to see a commitment which, although unlikely to meet the huge budget gaps, will reflect the importance of our council-run local services.”