Welsh Conservatives calls out ‘inequality’ in Welsh Government funding for local authorities

The Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government has today called out the imbalance of funding between local authorities in the 2019/20 budget settlement.

The claims were made following the publication of the details of the core funding allocations for local authorities in 2019-20.

The core details of the funding allocations show that all 6 of the North Wales authorities will receive a year on year reduction in their funding. In comparison, 7 of the 12 South Wales authorities will receive an increase-in or continuation-of the level of funding from last year.

At the same time that the North Wales authorities are being cut, only Welsh Labour run councils in Cardiff, Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taf are getting budget increases.

Speaking following the publication, Mark Isherwood AM, who is also the Shadow Minister for North Wales, said:

“This settlement is a kick in the teeth for North, Mid, and West Wales. Not only are North Wales councils seeing their budgets cut, but Labour run councils in Cardiff, Newport and Neath Port Talbot are seeing their budgets increase.

“It is cronyism of the highest order and it is council tax payers across the region that will be paying the price.

“The Welsh Labour Government must look again at this settlement to give North Wales it’s fair share”.