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WLGA: Council services 'really under threat'

The body representing Welsh councils has warned of a risk of a "comprehensive failure" of essential local authority services across Wales.

On Tuesday, ministers announced the local government budget will fall by more than £190m (4.1%) next year.

Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) finance spokesman Aaron Shotton said "comprehensive service failure" had been predicted at English councils.

"Such a crisis must be avoided in Wales," said Mr Shotton.

The Welsh government's draft budget document states councils had previously been cushioned "from the impact of UK government reductions to our budget".

Anthony Hunt of the WLGA and Torfaen Council told BBC political reporter Daniel Davies it was a difficult period for both the assembly government and local councils.

  • 01 Oct 2014
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