WLGA leader Sir Harry Jones said the deterioration in the level of some services revealed last week (LGC, 26 May) could lead to a decline in living standards.
'Welsh councils have prioritised and protected their educational expenditure. As a result, there was a 10% real cut in all non-educational expenditure,' Sir Harry said.
'There is a continuation in the long-term trend of cuts in leisure, transport, street lighting and environment. When this leads to a lower quality of life, then our health will deteriorate and investment in our economy will diminish.'
'Most worrying is the variation in performance between authorities in Wales. All people, no matter where they live, should expect to receive the services achieved by the best providers in Wales,' he said.