Your council, your money

As councils around Wales try to balance the books for 2014/15 after a reduction in their funding, how is your local authority planning to cope with less money? Here is a brief overview of some of the steps being taken.

ANGLESEY

Anglesey council's web link

  • 4.5% rise in council tax
  • Cuts of £7m over the next year
  • Accepting 45 voluntary redundancies

BLAENAU GWENT

Blaenau Gwent council's web link

  • 4.6% rise in council tax
  • Cuts of £10m of in next year's budget
  • Cutting £500,000 from grounds maintenance budget, possibly shedding 12 jobs and giving up three vehicles
  • Reviewing meals-on-wheels service and possibly cutting jobs
  • Seeking help from the community to retain some services which could close otherwise

BRIDGEND

Bridgend council's web link

  • 4.98% rise in council tax
  • Cuts of £36m over the next four years, £13m in the next year alone
  • Over £6m in savings over next year to come from "internal efficiencies"
  • Staff pay across the council is frozen for the coming financial year, except for a 1% rise for some of the lowest paid
  • Councillors are also being asked to give up any rise in their allowances

CAERPHILLY

Caerphilly council's web link

  • Caerphilly council must cut its budget by £14.53m this year, and more than £28m during the next three years
  • Proposals which include increasing paperwork charges and reducing the frequency of grass cutting in civic areas
  • 3.9% council tax increase

CARDIFF

Cardiff council's web link

  • 3.97% increase in council tax
  • £50m cut from budget in 2014/15
  • A further £92m needs to be cut over the next three years
  • 700 full-time jobs expected to go
  • Charges for meals on wheels increase by 70p to £3.50
  • Some council employees face a cut of one hour in the working week

CARMARTHENSHIRE

Carmarthenshire council's web link

  • Carmarthenshire council needs to save £12m in the next financial year and £31m over the next three years
  • It is increasing council tax by 4.77%
  • Cuts to street cleaning services
  • Increase to car park charges
  • Increasing the cost of home care services for older people

CEREDIGION

Ceredigion council's web link

  • Ceredigion needs to save £9.6m in the next financial year and £20.85m over the next three years.
  • It has agreed a 4.41% council tax rise
  • It plans to save money by increasing charges for meals at home for the elderly from £3.50 to £5 and closing a day centre in Aberaeron
  • They are also set to reduce the number of mobile libraries from five to four and replacing libraries at New Quay and Tregaron with a mobile one to save the local authority £146,000

CONWY

Conwy council's web link

  • Conwy needs to save £12.7m in the next financial year and £29.4m over the next three years
  • It has agreed to increase council tax by 5%
  • In a report last year, Conwy council said it faced an "extremely challenging financial landscape"
  • It said it faced a 3.6% funding cut in its next full-year finances and even with the 5% council tax rise, would still face a £5m shortfall each year until 2017

DENBIGHSHIRE

Denbighshire council's web link

  • Denbighshire council needs to save £8.5m in the next financial year and £20.5m over the next three years
  • 3.5% rise in council tax
  • Leisure facilities funding to be cut
  • Schools reorganisation
  • Cuts to the number of cars in its fleet
  • Management restructuring in some departments

FLINTSHIRE

Flintshire council's web link

  • The council is looking to save £15.5m in the next financial year
  • Council tax rise of 3%
  • Remodelling council services
  • Streamlining management
  • Reducing the size of its workforce

GWYNEDD

Gwynedd council's web link

  • Council tax rise of 3.9%
  • Gwynedd faces funding gap of around £12m for 2014/15 and £34m over the next four years
  • Councillor Peredur Jenkins, Gwynedd council cabinet member for resources, said: "Our priority now over the coming months will be to consult with residents so that we can deliver the necessary savings from those service areas that will have the least impact on residents and more vulnerable people in particular."

MERTHYR TYDFIL

Merthyr Tydfil council's web link

  • Council tax will increase by 3.95%
  • The council needs to save £15.3m over four years
  • The budget plans include closing an elderly people's centre and reducing library opening hours
  • Councillors have deferred a decision on controversial proposals to scrap free transport for sixth-form pupils
  • The plan to remove post-16 free home-to-school and free home-to-college transport had been condemned by parents and pupils at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun who claimed it would undermine Welsh-medium education
  • Scrapping the post-16 transport would have saved £115,000 per year but there will now be a period of further consultation before any action is taken

MONMOUTHSHIRE

Monmouthshire council's web link

  • Council tax is to rise 3.95%
  • The council needs to save £9m in 2014/15 and £20m over the next few years
  • The council said unlike most others, it was "not closing things"
  • Examples of savings including dimming and turning off some street lights, staff restructuring and increasing revenue in leisure centres

NEATH PORT TALBOT

Neath Port Talbot council's web link

  • Council tax increase of 4.5%
  • Need to identify savings for 2014-15 of £17.3m and about £38m over the next four years
  • The council said the level of savings was "unprecedented and has required significant changes to services"
  • Money-saving measures include selective increases in fees and charges for some services, improved efficiency and elimination of waste

NEWPORT

Newport council's web link

  • Council tax rise is 4.5%
  • Authority needs to save £10m in 2014/15 and £25m over next four years
  • Plans to save money include reducing staffing costs, looking into handing over the running of The Riverfront theatre to an external body and closing a respite centre for adults with learning disabilities

PEMBROKESHIRE

Pembrokeshire council's web link

  • £20m savings needed
  • The biggest saving of £12.9m must be made in 2014/15 although the authority has pledged to protect school budgets
  • Increase of 3.4% council tax
  • Plans to close seven public toilets

POWYS

Powys council's web link

  • Need to save £20m in 2014/15
  • Increase of 4.5% in council tax
  • Scrap meals on wheels
  • Cuts in funding to Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Reduction in public transport funding

RHONDDA CYNON TAF

Rhondda Cynon Taf council's web link

  • Cuts of £70m over four years
  • Increase of 4.5% in council tax
  • Delay children starting full-time school until age four
  • Proposals to close three leisure centres
  • 14 libraries will shut
  • Reduction to meals-on-wheels service

SWANSEA

Swansea council's web link

  • Need to save £26m in 2014/15 and £45 over the next few years
  • Council tax increase of 5%
  • Plans for a staff restructure and reducing the number of agency staff used

TORFAEN

Torfaen council's web link

  • Need to save £11.2m in 2014/15
  • Council tax rise of 3.95%
  • Scrapped mobile library service
  • Outsourced maintenance of sports pitches
  • Not fill its vacant deputy chief executive post

VALE OF GLAMORGAN

Vale of Glamorgan council's web link

  • Has a £25.7m funding gap
  • Plans a number of joint working opportunities with neighbouring authorities and health boards including establishing jointly funded posts
  • Has had to raise council tax by 4.5%
  • Price of school meals to be increased
  • Energy savings on street lighting
  • Increase in wedding and civil partnership fees
  • Adult day services to be modernised with some buildings to be sold off
  • Library budgets to be cut
  • Music tuition fund for schools to be cut

WREXHAM

Wrexham council's web link

  • Wrexham council needs to save nearly £14m this year and £45m over five years
  • It has agreed a council tax increase of 3%, and plans to save money by closing some community centres, libraries and the Plas Madoc leisure centre and Waterworld - which have led to protest
  • Plas Madoc is set to close by the end of April
  • The council's executive board meet on 11 March to decide if the time for interested parties to consider taking the venue over as a social enterprise should be extended from June to October

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