The Western Mail (p10) reports that the rise, being proposed by the Treasury, was revealed in papers discussed yesterday by the assembly's local government committee. It is intended to bring Wales more into line with English local authorities.
Local government secretary Peter Law appeared to make a barely-veiled criticism of the Westminster-generated plan. 'There's this Treasury philosophy - a policy - that we are driven to some extent by, that there should be annual 10% increases and that's had a fundamental effect on communities throughout Wales.
'It's based on a belief that the band D rate in England is 21% higher, but then Wales is different to England as far as we're concerned.'
Liberal Democrat Peter Black insisted anouther 10% rise was unacceptable. 'We've been through this pain once already. Another 10% increase and I think people in Wales would be quite justified in asking what the assembly's doing to tackle social exclusion yet increasing the burden they have to pay to get services.'