Flintshire schools and social care pledge amid funding cuts

Reporter:

Hayley Collins

FLINTSHIRE Council will see its core funding slashed by 1.7 per cent in the next financial year.

Carl Sargeant Wales’ Local Government Minister, announced Flintshire would receive a £185 million slice of the £4 billion allocated to the 22 local authorities.

This compares with £188 million in 2010/11.

Yesterday’s announcement equates to £1,227 for every man, woman and child living in the county.

A further £8.4 million will also be available to support capital projects in Flintshire.

As in Wrexham, the council will also receive grants for specific projects.

Mr Sargeant said: “The funding I am announcing is challenging, as a result of the large reductions imposed on the Welsh Assembly Government’s budget from the UK Government.

“However, it reflects the Assembly Government’s priorities of protecting schools and social care and it represents a fair deal in the challenging economic climate that we find ourselves in.

“There can be no respite. The challenge of delivering good quality services for less money continues.”

Mr Sargeant pledged more cash for schools and social services over the next three years.

It follows a promise by First Minister Carwyn Jones during his Labour leadership campaign to maintain education spending at one per cent above Wales's Treasury grant.

Local authorities will be expected to prove they are spending the money – about £61 million over three years – on schools funding.

Delyn AM Sandy Mewies said of the budget: “This is a fair deal from the Assembly Government for Flintshire, given the current financial climate and the cuts we have seen imposed on Wales by the UK government.

“Figures show that if the way the UK Government funds English councils were applied to Wales, Flintshire would have lost more than £2.5 million.”

Flintshire Council chief executive Colin Everett is expected to announce today how the cuts will affect services in the county.

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