0.1% rise in Cardiff Council’s budget not fair?

November 29, 2010 5:41 PM

It has been highlighted that Cardiff Councils leader Rodney Berman, has claimed that Cardiff Councils increase of 0.1% for the next financial year is ‘unfair’. In an article published by walesonline, opposition group leaders have attacked the coalition run council and their cavalier attitude when other councils throughout Wales have had their budgets slashed by up to 1.7%.

Understandably Cardiff Council is the biggest local authority within the devolved nation, but considering the economic circumstances within the UK this increase should be classified as a god send. Cardiff council currently receives £395m from the Welsh Assembly Government to provide services to an ever increasing population. This increasing population tactic has been deployed by Rodney Berman in defense of his ill-mannered remarks which act as some what a slap in the face to other local authorities throughout the UK with similar population growth rates.

Such an increase is designed to help keep down an ever increasing council tax bill, something that never seems to happen in in Cardiff and to add further insult to injury has only been accomplished by the Welsh Assembly Government refusing to ring-fence the NHS budget within Wales.

Cardiff Council spend more that £200m in procuring services, that could be better sourced or if services were provided more effectively one such example is that of the £1.3m wasted on public liability claims for trips on pavements recently highlighted by Cardiff branch of the TaxPayers' Alliance.It has been highlighted that Cardiff Councils leader Rodney Berman, has claimed that Cardiff Councils increase of 0.1% for the next financial year is ‘unfair’. In an article published by walesonline, opposition group leaders have attacked the coalition run council and their cavalier attitude when other councils throughout Wales have had their budgets slashed by up to 1.7%.

Understandably Cardiff Council is the biggest local authority within the devolved nation, but considering the economic circumstances within the UK this increase should be classified as a god send. Cardiff council currently receives £395m from the Welsh Assembly Government to provide services to an ever increasing population. This increasing population tactic has been deployed by Rodney Berman in defense of his ill-mannered remarks which act as some what a slap in the face to other local authorities throughout the UK with similar population growth rates.

Such an increase is designed to help keep down an ever increasing council tax bill, something that never seems to happen in in Cardiff and to add further insult to injury has only been accomplished by the Welsh Assembly Government refusing to ring-fence the NHS budget within Wales.

Cardiff Council spend more that £200m in procuring services, that could be better sourced or if services were provided more effectively one such example is that of the £1.3m wasted on public liability claims for trips on pavements recently highlighted by Cardiff branch of the TaxPayers' Alliance.

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