Welsh local government secretary Peter Law has warned that any council or police authority which jeopardises a budg...
Welsh local government secretary Peter Law has warned that any council or police authority which jeopardises a budget agreement between the Assembly and the Treasury will be penalised financially.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Assembly will have its own devolved budget cut if the overall council tax increase in Wales next year exceeds 10.7%.
The fear is that a single authority could tip the balance. If all authorities spend at their guideline figure, the average council tax increase will be 10.5% (LGC, 3 February).
Mr Law has now written to Malcolm King, a member of Wrexham CBC and a North Wales police authority representative, making clear that if the Assembly was pushed into default, he would penalise the offending authority alone, rather than Welsh councils collectively through the all-Wales budget.