ARGUS COMMENT: Where next for councils?

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WE have been expecting councils to announce they would have to embark on another major cost-cutting exercise.

The signs were there earlier this year when local government minister Lesley Griffiths warned council leaders to expect to face a tighter budget settlement than originally foreseen.

Some councillors have been outspoken in their anger against the announcement which they saw very much as a last-minute alteration to plans already in motion.

And it is not difficult to see why.

Last year, when councils set out on working how best to make savings without cutting essential services, the majority of them took a long term view with cuts planned to take place in different financial years, allowing some level of stability and order.

That seemed to use to be a good way of working.

But the Assembly has now told all 22 local authorities to plan for more cuts on top of those already set for the coming financial year.

And as our figures today show, the extra amount needed is not insignificant.

For people living in Wales the upshot will be yet more cuts in services. And with these cuts coming over and above all those already made, the impact is likely to be felt more widely.

We believe we will now start to see a real sea-change in the kinds of services local authorities can be expected to provide on small budgets.

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4:28pm Thu 31 Jul 14

gingertom says...

lesley griffiths is totally useless! She was useless as health minister aswell.
lesley griffiths is totally useless! She was useless as health minister aswell. gingertom
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4:29pm Thu 31 Jul 14

gingertom says...

geraint williams says:

We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to scrap Councillors’ salaries. With cuts to public services and increases in council tax it is right that councillors share the burden by having their salaries scrapped and replaced with payments of reimbursement only, much like magistrates. This will help to make savings in expensive local democracy.

please sign the petition:

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1031
geraint williams says: We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to scrap Councillors’ salaries. With cuts to public services and increases in council tax it is right that councillors share the burden by having their salaries scrapped and replaced with payments of reimbursement only, much like magistrates. This will help to make savings in expensive local democracy. please sign the petition: https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1031 gingertom
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4:32pm Thu 31 Jul 14

gingertom says...

When is the recession going to hit the AM's aswell!!

I asked a question in the argus on 16th july 2014 regarding pensions:

this is the reply:

Crossbenchtory says...

gingertom wrote:
How much pension does AM's get? How long have you got to serve before you get a pension?
Up to £123,600.00 per year with an annual increase linked the the Consumer Price Index.

As near as I can figure this pension is available after 12 months as an AM.
When is the recession going to hit the AM's aswell!! I asked a question in the argus on 16th july 2014 regarding pensions: this is the reply: Crossbenchtory says... gingertom wrote: How much pension does AM's get? How long have you got to serve before you get a pension? Up to £123,600.00 per year with an annual increase linked the the Consumer Price Index. As near as I can figure this pension is available after 12 months as an AM. gingertom
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6:35pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

The cuts the assembly had been suggesting were never realistic. It was always clear that cuts would need to be 3% plus
The cuts the assembly had been suggesting were never realistic. It was always clear that cuts would need to be 3% plus Bobevans
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6:35pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

The cuts the assembly had been suggesting were never realistic. It was always clear that cuts would need to be 3% plus
The cuts the assembly had been suggesting were never realistic. It was always clear that cuts would need to be 3% plus Bobevans
  • Score: -1

10:25pm Thu 31 Jul 14

blackandamber says...

Councils in the greater Manchester area 10 Population 2.7 million
Councils in Wales plus the WAG 22. Population 3.1 million get the picture
Councils in the greater Manchester area 10 Population 2.7 million Councils in Wales plus the WAG 22. Population 3.1 million get the picture blackandamber
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