‘Dick­en­sian times’ will fol­low cuts to coun­cil’s fund­ing

Can­cer cam­paign goes global

Cynon Valley - - NEWS - AN­THONY LEWIS an­thony.lewis@waleson­line.co.uk

A SOUTH Wales coun­cil­lor has com­pared the prob­lems which would be caused by the loss of pub­lic ser­vices to the plight of the Dick­en­sian poor.

Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil­lor Alun Cox was speak­ing af­ter Welsh Gov­ern­ment lo­cal gov­ern­ment cabi­net sec­re­tary Alun Davies com­pared coun­cils com­plain­ing about fund­ing to Oliver Twist.

The Plaid mem­ber said the AM was right to high­light Dick­en­sian times be­cause the poor will suf­fer from any losses of coun­cil ser­vices.

His com­ments came as full coun­cil dis­cussed the pro­vi­sional Welsh Gov­ern­ment fund­ing set­tle­ment, which in­volves a 0.3% in­crease in fund­ing for the coun­cil, which is fac­ing a bud­get gap of nearly £6m next year with a pro­posed coun­cil tax in­crease of 3%.

Cllr Cox said: “The Art­ful Dodger of the Labour cabi­net is mis­taken in his view of lo­cal coun­cils.

“Some peo­ple are no­body’s en­e­mies but their own. The re­al­ity is that the set­tle­ment from the Labour Gov­ern­ment is a bad one.

“It (coun­cil fund­ing) is not a pri­or­ity for that gov­ern­ment. That is, I think, a mis­take.”

He said he shares the coun­cil leader’s crit­i­cisms A GLOBAL cam­paign has been launched to ed­u­cate women on the signs and symp­toms of breast can­cer.

Know Your Lemons, backed by Ten­ovus Can­cer Care, is be­ing shared in more than 90 coun­tries and trans­lated into 16 dif­fer­ent lan­guages, help­ing to ed­u­cate more than 200 mil­lion peo­ple.

Health ex­perts be­hind the cam­paign say there are 12 signs and symp­toms of the way in which the UK gov­ern­ment tack­les fi­nance but said it is a sys­tem which he (Cllr An­drew Mor­gan) sup­ports but that he does not.

He said if you do sup­port the sys­tem as it is, you have to ac­cept that now and again Wales is go­ing to get un­der­funded be­cause Wales doesn’t con­trol its own fi­nances.

Cllr Cox added “Alun Davies is right to draw at­ten­tion to Dick­en­sian times. The prob­lems we will see will be akin to this.

“The poor will suf­fer. They are the ones who rely on our ser­vices.”

Coun­cil­lor Mor­gan, the Labour leader of RCT coun­cil, called on the UK gov­ern­ment to fully fund the costs of teacher’s pen­sions. of breast can­cer over­all, with some more com­mon than oth­ers.

A strik­ing poster, placed in 500 GP surg­eries in Wales and based on pa­tient re­search and ad­vice from on­col­o­gists, uses 12 lemons to re­sem­ble the dif­fer­ent ways a can­cer­ous breast can look and feel.

Rhian Ed­wards, di­rec­tor of re­search and sup­port at Ten­ovus Can­cer Care, said: “Breast can­cer is the most

He also high­lighted the “huge pres­sures” on so­cial care and chil­dren’s and adults’ ser­vices, but said: “We will not be go­ing for high coun­cil tax in­creases to plug the gap.

“There is no get­ting away from it. Un­less there is sig­nif­i­cant ex­tra fund­ing com­ing back we will have to make some dif­fi­cult choices.”

Re­fer­ring to Alun Davies’ com­ments, he said that he had signed a let­ter from the WLGA to the First Min­is­ter call­ing on the min­is­ter to re­tract his com­ments or re­sign.

Plaid Cymru’s leader on the coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Pauline Jar­man, said: “This is not a good set­tle­ment by any mea­sure.

“It is about time the Welsh Gov­ern­ment was held to ac­count for their aus­ter­ity bud­gets.

“The Prime Min­is­ter should be held to ac­count for say­ing aus­ter­ity has ended.

“We need to write to the Chan­cel­lor and make ur­gent con­tact with sec­re­tary of state for Wales Alun Cairns to ask if he has been bang­ing the drum for Wales.

“There is a se­ri­ous obli­ga­tion on him to fight Wales’ cor­ner around the cabi­net ta­ble.

“If he doesn’t do that he should re­sign.” com­mon can­cer in the UK and kills around 11,400 peo­ple ev­ery year, with one in eight women di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer at some point in their lives.

“We know early de­tec­tion greatly in­creases a pa­tient’s chances of sur­vival and the Know Your Lemons image is a sim­ple but highly-ef­fec­tive way of im­prov­ing peo­ple’s knowl­edge about the signs and symp­toms of can­cer.”

Coun­cil­lor Cox said the the poor would suf­fer from any losses of coun­cil ser­vices

Coun­cil­lor Alun Cox

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