Thursday, 16 October 2008

County gets highest settlement

Everyone knew that this year’s settlement was going to be a difficult one for all councils in Wales. But the figures announced by the One Wales government this week give Carmarthenshire an extra 4.2% - the highest of any council in Wales, and well above the all-Wales average of 2.9%.

With inflation figures reaching 5.2% this week, it is of course less than ideal, but no-one expected a particularly generous settlement this year. Given the comparatively high level of the award to Carmarthenshire, we expect the Labour / Independent Party coalition running the county council to be able to concentrate its attention on safeguarding the county’s services, rather than complaining about the level of the settlement.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Group Leader

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