Conwy County Borough Council’s Leader Cllr Sam Rowlands yesterday (17/12/19) shared the Welsh Government’s provisional settlement with Cabinet colleagues.
Cllr Rowlands warned councillors that despite the generally improved situation across Wales, there is no doubt that it remains a challenging financial settlement for Conwy.
Whilst the average increase in Wales is 4.3%, Conwy has received the second lowest settlement in Wales at just 3.4%.
Cllr Rowlands said, “I am disappointed that yet again Conwy and North Wales is not receiving its fair share of funding; four of the lowest five in the settlement are from North Wales (Ynys Mon, Conwy, Flintshire, Wrexham). I’ll be working with the other North Wales Leaders to lobby for a fairer distribution of funding and to reinstate the funding floor.”
“It has to be said that the settlement is better than we initially anticipated 6 months ago, it is broadly in line with expectations following the Chancellor’s positive budget review in September.”
Over the next few months, through Scrutiny and Cabinet, councillors will be working towards agreeing a balanced budget for 2020/21 at the start of March.
Link to webcast: https://conwy.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/457873/start_time/1438000
Posted on 18/12/2019