I got my chance to respond to this year’s Autumn Budget this week. I focused on the North Wales Growth Deal – or the lack of – and the pressure that our public services are under after seven years of failed austerity.
Mark Tami MP (Alyn and Deeside) and I have joined with Flintshire County Councillors in their petition to the UK Government in securing a better deal for residents. We have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer prior to Wednesday’s Autumn Budget demanding that the ideologically driven cuts to local government are brought to a halt and that investment is put in its place.
Flintshire County Council (FCC) recently announced that it had completed its first round of cost cutting measures to reach the targets put in place by the UK Government. These cuts amount to £3m of spending lost from services. In total the Council face a £14.5m funding gap because of forced austerity.
These cuts come on top of the 7% cuts forced upon the Welsh Assembly since 2010 by the UK Government. Read more “Autumn Budget 2017: Demanding investment in local government”