Pembrokeshire County Council faces 3.8% reduction in Welsh Government funding
4:57pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
Pembrokeshire County Council will be more than £6.5m worse off in core funding from the Welsh Government in 2014/15 compared to this year, it was announced today (Wednesday).
The 3.8% drop – from £173.25m this year to £166.7m next year – was announced by local government minister Lesley Griffiths as part of a £4.26bn provisional settlement for all 22 local authorities in Wales.
The amount each council receives is calculated using a formula based on factors, such as population projections, pupil numbers, houses, road lengths and the number of benefit claimants.
Council leader Jamie Adams said: “This settlement means that we, as a council, will have to make some difficult decisions in the coming months.
“I believe that we as an authority are on a firm financial footing and are able to meet and resolve these challenges.
“The council’s cabinet will be receiving a comprehensive report on the implications of the budget at its November 4 meeting.”
In June, cabinet members were warned the council would “undoubtedly” have to make savings “over and above” previous estimates.
Plans to make £8.6m savings over the next three years - £1.6m in 2013/14, £3.5m in 2014/15 and £3.5m in 2015/16 - were approved by council in February to deal with a number of service pressures.
These included the protection of school budgets and investment in the 21st Century Schools Programme, adult social services, real terms reduction in Welsh Government grants and the continued impact of the recession.
A consultation will end on November 20.
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