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Councils in Wales spending £145m less next year

Councils across Wales will cut jobs and services to make up a £145m funding shortfall after setting their budgets.

Cardiff and Powys must each save £22m in 2013-14 with over 400 jobs at risk.

Other councils say they are having to take "tough" decisions with cuts looming in waste collection, arts and libraries as well as grants to community groups and other services.

The Unison union say the figures are a "wake-up call" as the Welsh government says "challenging times" lie ahead.

BBC Wales economics correspondent Sarah Dickins reports from Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent.

Councils cut £145m to balance books

  • 08 Mar 2013
  • From the section Wales