CEREDIGION County Council will start setting its budget for the coming year but the settlement from Welsh Government has been called “bad news” by the council leader.
Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn told cabinet on Tuesday (Jan 12) that the local government funding settlement from Welsh Government left Ceredigion at the “foot of the list” with an increase of only two per cent – around £2million – while the highest topped five per cent.
She said that “a lot of lobbying needs to be done to ensure it’s a fairer system” which would stop any authority receiving less than three per cent, with Elin Jones MS involved in discussions.
The provisional Aggregate External Finance settlement of £109,658,000, council tax rises and department requirements at budget seminars shortly, said Cllr ap Gwynn.
The settlement ranks Ceredigion at 22 of all Welsh authorities, just behind Wrexham which received the second lowest settlement of 2.3 per cent.
Neighbouring Pembrokeshire is ranked seventh with a four per cent rise, Carmarthenshire at thirteenth with a 3.8 per cent increase while Powys is ranked eighth with its four per cent increase.