Coun­cils have no power to re­ject cuts

Western Mail - - WM2 -

MARK EVANS, of Car­marthen­shire CBC Uni­son, says: “If coun­cils im­ple­mented legal No Cuts Bud­gets and with the WAG launched a mass cam­paign to de­feat the cuts, this could be the be­gin­ning of the end for this weak Tory Gov­ern­ment” (Let­ters, Septem­ber 13).

I have two ques­tions for Mark. Firstly, coun­cils are legally re­quired to set a bal­anced bud­get every year. So if Tory Gov­ern­ment cuts mean less money com­ing into our Welsh coun­cils, how can they im­ple­ment “legal no cuts bud­gets” with­out hav­ing to make sav­ings?

Se­condly, de­sir­able though it would cer­tainly be, how ex­actly will a Welsh Gov­ern­ment “mass cam­paign” de­feat the cuts when, with DUP sup­port, the Tories are hell­bent on cen­tral­is­ing power in their own hands and sidelin­ing demo­cratic ac­count­abil­ity? Coun­cil­lor Gez Kirby Pontl­lan­fraith

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