Welsh councils cut £145m off spending to set budgets

Council Total budget for 2013-14 (£ million) Shortfall, cuts and savings (£ million) Council tax rise (%) Type of savings and cuts, cost increases and concerns

Anglesey

128

3.1

5

The council plans to make a "small number of redundancies" and will remove a number of vacant posts to cut costs as well as increasing fees and charges and requiring all departments make 7% efficiency savings in order to balance its books.

Blaenau Gwent

144

4.2

4.6

The authority says financial savings are required everywhere as it looks to make up its shortfall. Savings measures include redeployment of staff as well as ceasing pay awards. It says it is committed to protecting frontline services but warns that the way services are provided may alter or diminish over time.

Bridgend

255.8

3.7

3.5

The council says the bulk of the £24m savings it needs to find in the next few years will be met through "efficiency reviews, contract savings, greater collaboration and staffing restructures."

Caerphilly

337.4

5.1

2.35

Caerphilly council says it needs to save £6m by 2016 but says it is committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies wherever possible.

Cardiff

592.8

22.5

0

Cardiff council is looking to cut approximately 300 jobs. But a number of services earmarked for closure have been given a temporary reprieve. Splott swimming pool, Plasnewydd Community Centre and a number of lawn bowling clubs will remain open for the next few months as alternative funding methods are explored.

Carmarthenshire

337.8

3.9

3

The most controversial aspect of this year's budget was the decision to introduce charges across the county for parking on Sundays, which is likely to raise an extra £56,000 annually. A further

£10,000 could also be raised as a result of on-street parking charges likely in Carmarthen town centre.

Ceredigion

136.9

1.3

3

Ceredigion council is considering changes in a host of areas to save money, including the management of public toilets and waste collection.

Conwy

203.6

5.1

3.88

The authority plans job cuts affecting social services but says it "intends to make a proportion of the £5.1m savings through reviewing, rationalising and remodelling services". It hopes job cuts can be met by natural wastage.

Denbighshire

191.6

3

2

The council says it can make a big saving by reducing staff sickness levels and "scrutinising contracts".

Flintshire

293

5.5

3

Flintshire says it is looking at "organisational change" as it has to find £29m in savings over the next five years due to "reduced national funding for local government", rising costs and increased demands on services.

Gwynedd

233.9

1.9

3.5

Gwynedd council says it began a "savings strategy" in 2009 to address public service cuts but still needs to make savings of £1.92m in 2013-14. It warns of more "more austerity to come" but pledges to try to limits its effects.

Merthyr Tydfil

115.2

5.5

3.2

All services have been subject to budget reductions or efficiencies, according to officials.

Monmouthshire

149

4.3

0

Monmouthshire's budget is increasing by £9m compared to 2012/13 with £6.1m of the increase specifically in relation to council tax support. The council says there will be no cuts to frontline services or any increase in council tax but it will start to charge for some services such as green waste and pest control. It warns of £16m in savings needed over the next four years.

Neath Port Talbot

276

7

3.87

The council says its latest budget has been set "against the backdrop of a projected funding gap of nearly £22m over the next five years". It says there will be increases in fees and charges for some services.

Newport

254.8

12

3.5

Newport City Council has made more than £7m of savings on top of £5m of management savings and efficiencies but its decision cut funding to arts and music groups provoked the biggest backlash.

Pembrokeshire

338

1.6

2.95

Pembrokeshire County Council says job cuts cannot be ruled out as it plans to claw back £700,000 through efficiency savings and a further £460,000 through service changes affecting the management of public toilets and its waste disposal service.

Powys

247

22.3

2.75

Powys councillors agreed a budget which includes a "headcount reduction" of 4% (about 125 people) across all service departments. A 10% reduction in community grants has also been approved.

Rhondda Cynon Taf

469

9.6

3.95

Proposals include changing to alternate weekly collections for black bags and bins to save money as well as a "review and targeting of street cleansing and grass cutting activity", increasing all fees and charges by 5% above RPI and reducing its marketing budget.

Swansea

420

7.7

3.8

Swansea aims to meet its savings through early retirement and voluntary redundancy as well as increasing council tax and using £2.2m from its reserves.

Torfaen

266

7.3

3.35

Torfaen council is looking for voluntary redundancies, will raise the price of school dinners by 5p and increase charges at residential and nursing homes as well as the cost of cemetery burials and hire facilities at parks.

Vale of Glamorgan

218.7

5.4

4.8

Plans at Vale of Glamorgan council, which is drawing on £1m in reserves as well as making £4.4m in cuts, include reducing the hours of primary school cooks to save money.

Wrexham

230

3.2

2.75

A review of the council's financial prospects in July 2012 highlighted a budget shortfall of £34m for the next five years.

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