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'Derisory' budget attacked

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The Welsh Local Government Association has slated the Welsh Assembly Government’sdraft budget saying that it falls short of what is needed to fund key public services inWales.

In a statement, the WLGA said: “The derisory 2.2% increase for local government again shows that key public services have fallen off the radar of devolved government."

WLGA leader Derek Vaughan (Lab) said: “The settlement again sees local government at the bottom of the pile when it comes to public finances inWales.

"We expected a tough settlement but this unacceptable outcome following on from the poor comprehensive spending review will place hugepressures on local authorities who are already squeezing everything possible from the system."

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