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GWYNEDD COUNCIL VOICES CONCERN OVER DISPARITIES IN FINANCE SETTLEMENT

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Gwynedd Council has voiced its concern over the proposed Welsh local government finance settlement announced this w...
Gwynedd Council has voiced its concern over the proposed Welsh local government finance settlement announced this week. The council has highlighted that it has been given an increase of 2.9% while Cardiff City Council has a proposed increase of 7.6%.

The council said:

'The Welsh Office described the announcement as massively good news stating that the grants to local authorities would increase significantly. But if you examine the figures in detail it becomes clear that the level of grant varies a great deal between one council and another and Gwynedd will receive the lowest increase of all - 2.9%.

'This confirms that the formula used by the Welsh Office to determine how much grant is paid to each individual council is totally unjust. It doesn't give sufficient consideration to the high costs of delivering services in rural areas and is an unfair formula which is costing some of Wales' poorer areas millions of pounds.

'If we decided to spend as much as the Welsh Office allows us to spend we would have to increase council tax by 13% and reduce our spending. Such an increase would be totally unacceptable and so the difficult task facing us over the next few weeks will be to find more savings yet again in order to ensure that we keep the increase in council tax as low as possible.

'From the very beginning this council's agenda has been governed by cut-backs. We has hoped that the situation would be different this year and indeed the initial announcements from the Welsh Office were relatively optimistic. But on closer examination it's clear that the increase in the grant for Gwynedd is lower than the increases to every other council in Wales.'

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