Public services could fail according to the WLGA

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If financial cuts continue then public services will fail according to members of the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA).

The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee was listening to evidence on the progress with local government collaboration, 10 October 2013.

WLGA Chief Executive Steve Thomas warned if austerity continues in "deep form", then there will be some "serious doubt".

Labour AM Gwyn Price raised concerns about some local authorities in the west of England facing bankruptcy and asked how likely was this to happen in Wales.

Mr Thomas stressed that Welsh local authorities weren't about to "fall over" in the next two years, but warned that it was the "length of the cuts process that will test the viability of local government".

He added: "If the economic situation continues then services will fail."

The committee also heard evidence from Joe Simpson, the author of the report on local authority service delivery, who acknowledged that local government collaboration was "not working for Wales at the moment".

Mr Simpson said that progress had been "slow" and stressed that the role of the "front line councillor" needed to be enhanced.

He argued that local government collaboration was not the answer to the whole problem and suggested back bench councillors should have a greater "community role".

AMs also listened to evidence from councillors from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy and Pembrokeshire.

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