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THE STORY BEHIND THE BALANCES AT WELSH COUNCILS

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The Western Mail (p8) takes a look at 'the plots and balances behind council millions' and predicts that the days w...
The Western Mail (p8) takes a look at 'the plots and balances behind council millions' and predicts that the days when there were large sums of money in savings in Welsh county halls are over.

The paper looks at Mid Glamorgan CC in particular which its says shocked opposition politicians with the news that the previous year's budget had been underspent by £12m.

With £4.8 million in the bank Lyn James, the county treasurer, is reported as saying that on a budget of £380 million 'that is little more than 1% of spending.'

And with a budget the largest in Wales he reckons savings of £12 million 'don't add up to much'.

Reorganisation of local government in Wales is coming by March 1995 with the replacement of eight counties and the districts by 21 unitary authorities, predicts the Western Mail. It comments that with relations between the two tiers 'as bad as they are at present' ratepayers can be certain that councillors and officers will be doing their utmost to empty the bank accounts by the day of reckoning.
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