Councils have no power to reject cuts
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