Although many local authorities are to receive their first increase in funding for two years, the Welsh Government’s finance secretary Mark Drakeford is cutting the cash allocation to the Vale of Glamorgan Council .
The Vale of Glamorgan’s Welsh Government funding for the financial year 2017/16 is being set at £150,200,000 – which is 0.2% less than it received in the current year (2017/17) .
The total amount being paid to Wales 22 local councils in 2017/18 will be £4.1 billion which represents £3,800,000 more than in this current year .
Gwynedd is the local authority which gets the largest increase at 0.9% – but the Vale of Glamorgan Council is one of 10 authorities which are getting less this time.
The Vale Council funds itself from the Welsh Government cash grant, from council tax imposed on local residents, from borrowing and from charges it makes for services.
Finance and Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford says “No council will have to manage on less than 99.5% of the cash provided to them last year.”
However Drakeford has warned councils against any plans they may have to ramp-up council tax yet again .
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has consistently increased council tax by well over the rate of inflation in every year since the current Labour administration was installed.
Drakeford has told the councils they must “consider carefully how to secure best value for Welsh taxpayers through effective and efficient service provision”.