The Shadow Minister for Local Government has branded the latest local government settlement “a bitter blow”.
Laura Jones MS said: “Today, the Welsh Labour Government had the opportunity to finally get behind Wales’ local authorities, where local services are under severe pressures from COVID-19.
“But, despite the substantial funding from the UK Government and the known pressures of the pandemic, the Welsh Labour Government has decided instead for our councils to receive a smaller financial increase (3.8%) than in the previous financial year (4.3%), with those in North Wales set to receive the smallest increase.
“The decision will come as a bitter blow to all those who’re working around the clock to keep vital local services running during the pandemic.
“Local authorities urgently need a fairer funding settlement—which would also enable a much-needed council tax freeze—to ensure vital services can continue delivering for the people of Wales.”