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Ceredigion council's £10m savings plan on hold

Ceredigion council's head office
Image caption Ceredigion council aims to save £9.6m next year

A council's plan to save almost £10m next year has been put on hold after councillors called in the cabinet's decision to give it the go-ahead.

Ceredigion cabinet approved a 40-point plan to make a number of cuts to services on 26 November.

It aims to save £9.6m next year and £20.85m over the next three years.

But the plan will now be discussed by the council's corporate services committee after moves by three Liberal Democrat members.

Councillors Elizabeth Evans, Rowland Rees-Evans and Rowland Jones said they had called in the decision because of "insufficient detail in the supporting papers to make an informed decision" on the impact of the cuts on services.

The proposed council savings in Ceredigion include:

  • Axing funding for CCTV across the county, saving £150,000
  • Raising charges for meals at home from £3.50 to £5
  • Saving a further £18,000 by moving adult day services, including a luncheon club, from London House in Aberaeron
  • Closing Borth tourist information centre and finding partners to run the centres in Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, Cardigan and New Quay
  • Pulling the plug on £44,000 funding for Llandysul swimming pool

The Welsh government's draft budget in October revealed local government funding would be cut by 5.81% across Wales.

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