Welsh government funding for local authorities – unacceptable political bias?

There are 7 local authorities facing cuts of 2% or more. I list them below with the number of Labour councillors in brackets:

  • Anglesey (3 out of 30)
  • Ceredigion (1 out of 42)
  • Conwy (10 out of 59)
  • Monmouthshire (12 out of 44)
  • Pembrokeshire (8 out of 60)
  • Powys (6 out of 73)
  • Vale of Glamorgan (21 out of 47)

There are also 7 local authorities in the much more fortunate position of having to deal with cuts of less than 1%:

  • Caerphilly (50 out of 73)
  • Cardiff (46 out of 75)
  • Merthyr Tydfil (25 out of 33)
  • Neath Port Talbot (50 out of 64)
  • Newport (37 out of 50)
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf (60 out if 75)
  • Swansea (49 out of 72)

Call me a old cynic, but the pattern here is so striking that I am struggling to suppress words like ‘disgraceful’ and ‘corrupt’.

I am sure there must be a perfectly rational explanation. I’ll let you all know if I ever find out what it is!

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