The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, PeterBlack has added his voice to those of UNISON members in Neath Port Talbot and throughout the region calling for the Welsh Government to treat local government with fairness during the budget setting round this autumn.
Mr. Black was speaking after meeting with UNISON Neath Port Talbot Branch Chair, Mark Fisher to discuss the upcoming presentation of a 1,500 signature petition and lobby of the Welsh Government tomorrow.
Mr. Black said:
“It is local government that provides the lion’s share of services that local people find essential to their everyday lives, such as education, homecare, properly maintained roads, and waste disposal.
“In addition, local councils play a major role in ensuring that the elderly, the infirm, and the vulnerable in our communities are protected and looked after, and in providing an environment in which people can flourish.
“Welsh Liberal Democrats have always argued that in the long run, we must work together to get a funding regime for Wales that is based upon a proper analysis of what we need rather than the outdated mathematical formula the Conservatives prefer.
“We know that the UK Conservative Government wants to cut back that the size and scope of public sector services provided to citizens but that does not mean we should follow their example in Wales. The Welsh Government is responsible for deciding how to spend the money it gets.
“That is why I believe that Welsh Ministers must commit to fair funding for local government this autumn, and not simply pass the pain on to town halls and local taxpayers up and down Wales.”