ARGUS COMMENT: Assembly is not helping

WE ARE getting the distinct impression that local government in Wales could be setting itself on a collision course with the National Assembly.

The root cause is funding. But it is about more than that. It is about the inability of councils up and down the country to be able to make long-term plans because the Assembly is changing the goal posts.

Already facing uncertainty because of proposed mergers of local authorities, they have now been told to expect much deeper cuts than they had all been working to.

And as Newport City Council leader Bob Bright points out today this has thrown financial plans to the wind.

And he is not alone, councils up and down Wales are facing what they are describing as an intolerable burden in part to help ease the pressures and demands facing the NHS in Wales.

Last week we reported how Monmouthshire council says it faces similar pressures.

Of course the Assembly is facing a hugely difficult balancing act keeping local authorities fully-funded on one hand and the NHS on the other.

But the Assembly needs to be crystal clear with all parties what it is expecting from as early as possible in the process.

To throw further cuts into the mix at a relatively late stage is not good government. And we can understand why local authorities are so hot under the collar.

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2:51pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Abertillery29 says...

The WAG is falling apart at the seams. We should have elections sooner not allow them to keep delaying them. How many more issues are they hiding from public view? What happened to transparency? I despair for politics in Wales. No matter what your political persuasion is, we are all being badly let down.
The WAG is falling apart at the seams. We should have elections sooner not allow them to keep delaying them. How many more issues are they hiding from public view? What happened to transparency? I despair for politics in Wales. No matter what your political persuasion is, we are all being badly let down. Abertillery29
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4:31pm Tue 8 Jul 14

gingertom says...

WAG has shown time and time again they couldn't organise a booze up in a brewery:

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1019
WAG has shown time and time again they couldn't organise a booze up in a brewery: https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1019 gingertom
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7:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

scraptheWAG says...

the real reason is the huge cost of running the thing a whole new level of goverment sucking nearly half a billion per annum out of the economy for a country with a population the same size as birmingham , we must be nuts
the real reason is the huge cost of running the thing a whole new level of goverment sucking nearly half a billion per annum out of the economy for a country with a population the same size as birmingham , we must be nuts scraptheWAG
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8:28pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Port0214 says...

The root cause is not funding, the root cause is the WAG period.

We have gone backwards at a rate of knots they have no credibility with the people of Wales whatsoever serious reform is needed or will will continue to bump along the bottom and remain one of the poorest parts of Europe.
The root cause is not funding, the root cause is the WAG period. We have gone backwards at a rate of knots they have no credibility with the people of Wales whatsoever serious reform is needed or will will continue to bump along the bottom and remain one of the poorest parts of Europe. Port0214
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9:28pm Wed 9 Jul 14

varteg1 says...

Port0214 wrote:
The root cause is not funding, the root cause is the WAG period.

We have gone backwards at a rate of knots they have no credibility with the people of Wales whatsoever serious reform is needed or will will continue to bump along the bottom and remain one of the poorest parts of Europe.
But...one sixth of the electorate voted the mess in.

The Nats cried and wailed for years after they were smashed in 1979,until they got a second bite at the cherry, their campaign was so effective only a half of the electorate turned out, the majority For was a matter of less than 1%, which in realistic terms gave the region to the Assembly to play with after just one sixth actually voted for it.

Time we had another referendum, I wager the electorate wouldn't be sucked in again.
[quote][p][bold]Port0214[/bold] wrote: The root cause is not funding, the root cause is the WAG period. We have gone backwards at a rate of knots they have no credibility with the people of Wales whatsoever serious reform is needed or will will continue to bump along the bottom and remain one of the poorest parts of Europe.[/p][/quote]But...one sixth of the electorate voted the mess in. The Nats cried and wailed for years after they were smashed in 1979,until they got a second bite at the cherry, their campaign was so effective only a half of the electorate turned out, the majority For was a matter of less than 1%, which in realistic terms gave the region to the Assembly to play with after just one sixth actually voted for it. Time we had another referendum, I wager the electorate wouldn't be sucked in again. varteg1
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