Welsh budget cuts to affect Denbighshire services
08 October 2013 |
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HARSH cuts are expected in Denbighshire after the Welsh Government published their draft budget on Tuesday.
The budget is described as being the toughest since the beginning of devolution.
Finance minister Jane Hutt AM announced a cut in real terms to the budget of £1.7 billion seeing the Welsh government expenditure go down to £15 billion.
Almost 80% of council funding in Wales comes from the government in Cardiff.
The local government allocation has been cut by £98 million across Wales.
Council funding has borne the brunt of the cuts.
Other significant cuts have been made across the government departments apart from health.
The final budget is expected to pass in December with ease.
This follows a deal between an alliance of the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru and the Welsh government.
The deal is a package worth £100 million which will see increased funding for; emergency care, telemedicine a fund tackle homelessness and a doubling of the pupil deprivation grant.
Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood welcomed the deal.
Ms Wood said: I’m proud of what Plaid Cymru has been able to achieve by working together with the Liberal Democrats. By joining forces, we have been able to deliver the best possible deal for the people of Wales.”
Ms Williams said: “Joint working on the budget has delivered a strong and effective budget for the people of Wales.
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