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Cardiff council planning £17m in cuts for 2017-18

City Hall in Cardiff Image copyright M J Richardson/Geograph

Cardiff council needs to find £25m to balance its books next year, the authority has said.

Councillor Graham Hinchey said the authority still faced a real terms cut to its budget despite its grant from the Welsh Government rising by 0.3%.

The authority is looking at increasing council tax by 3.7% and making cuts of £17m.

Costs for burials as well as births, deaths and marriage registration and school meals could all rise in 2017-18.

Along with the proposed cuts, £1.5m from reserves, £1.9m from school budgets and £4.4m from the planned increased in council tax would help make up the shortfall.

The cuts are smaller than 2015-16, when £32m in savings was proposed, and 2016-17, when the shortfall was £45m.

Proposals include:

  • Charges for burials rising by £30 and cremations by £10
  • Charges for births, deaths and marriages increasing by 4-5%
  • School meals going up by 10p a day
  • Completing the transfer of leisure centres to a new operator

Cardiff council saw its Welsh Government grant rise by 0.3% to £428m. The overall budget for 2017-18 is £578m.

Mr Hinchey, cabinet member for corporate services and performance, said: "The provisional settlement from Welsh Government is slightly more favourable than we bargained for.

"However, it is still a cut in real terms because of price and pay inflation."

The council is asking residents to share their views on the proposals in a consultation, which runs from 10 November to 11 December.

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