Thousands of council jobs could be lost and essential services cut across Wales if the UK government’s squeeze on spending continues.
That is the warning from council leaders and unions as they lobby Welsh MPs in Parliament later today (Wednesday) to argue for fair funding for Wales.
The delegation to London on Emergency Budget Day has been organised by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), and the three unions with members in local councils – the GMB, UNISON and Unite.
They will argue that the reduction in block grant funding from Westminster since 2010 means that the Welsh Government’s budget is now £1.5bn less in real terms. This huge reduction has meant huge cuts to local authorities across Wales, forcing them to slash spending to the tune of £720m since 2010.