In the face of spiralling costs of living and energy bills, the WLGA is calling for the UK Government to take action.
Councillor Anthony Hunt (Torfaen), WLGA Finance Spokesperson said:
“Councils are doing their utmost to support local communities in the face of the challenges which will be faced by many residents due to spiralling costs of living. Over 90% of eligible households have now received their £150 payment to help with energy bills. But action by the UK Government is required now to mitigate the impacts of huge energy price increases for local services, local businesses, and local communities.”
Councillor Rob Stewart (Swansea), WLGA Deputy Leader and Spokesperson for the Economy said
“The impacts of the unfolding cost of living crisis will be felt by our local schools, community centres, care homes and communities. The UK Government needs to act now to ensure our children, elderly, and communities are safe and warm this winter and beyond. This could see energy costs for local services rise by £100m this year.
“Our local businesses will also be facing huge energy price rises making them unsustainable and uncompetitive with partners in EU countries where governments are acting to protect citizens and businesses from extortionate and unmanageable energy bill rises. It’s imperative that the UK Government acts immediately.”