The new Conservative led Vale of Glamorgan Council has announced today that it intends to put Education and Social Care at the forefront of its plans for the next 5 years.
Another priority for the new council is to be “financial restraint” and restraining increases in Council Tax.
Council Leader Cllr John Thomas – who is a school governor at St Athan Primary – says Education is a huge part of the council’s budget . In terms of educational performance he wants the Vale Council – which is currently ranked second amongst local authorities in Wales – to be “at the top of the tree”
On Social Care Cllr Thomas says “There is going to have to be a bit of blue-sky thinking to make that work and deliver the services that the most vulnerable people in society need.”
The new Vale Council is committing itself to make savings wherever possible. Clrl Thomas says s “There are cuts and savings to be made, but it’s about making sure that the money that is there is spent in the best way possible to help the people that we’re there to help”.
The new Conservative administration is also aiming to further improve the efficient of the council’s operations uin order to “keep Council Tax increases to a manageable level” [ the previous Labour administraton increased Council Tax by well above inflation in every one of its 5 years].
However Cllr Thomas – who is a farmer born and raised in Flemingston – is careful not to criticise the previous Labour administration – saying charitably of the Labour Vale Council under Neil Moore “I wouldn’t want to knock the previous administration because this is a difficult job.”