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FINANCIAL CRISIS FACES WELSH LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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The leaders of all 22 Welsh local authorities today warned Welsh secretary William Hague that they are facing a sev...
The leaders of all 22 Welsh local authorities today warned Welsh secretary William Hague that they are facing a severe financial crisis next year and that he must resist any move in cabinet to cut long term spending to finance short term cuts in income tax.

They point out that expenditure on education is now at a dangerously low level - staffing levels have fallen, class sizes are too big and there is a huge problem in the low level of maintenance in school buildings.

The community care programme has been seriously underfunded and the expected standards of service cannot be met.

Harry Jones, leader of the Welsh local government association and Newport CBC said: 'If this lack of finance were to continue, more and more people will fall into the gap between hospital care and community care.

'When this happens, it is a disaster for the people concerned and a disgrace to our nation. The risk of this happening is a very real one.'
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