QUESTIONS have been raised over the sustainability of Ty Pawb as Wrexham Council searches for savings amid budget pressures. 

The local authority's Executive Board is set to meet next week to address the budget for 2023/24. 

Following several interventions over recent months, the council has reduced the budget gap from £23.8m faced in Quarter 1 to £5.5m in Quarter 3. 

Further mitigations and savings are set to be made, with officers 'confident' of making the budget. 

In a report set to be presented to the executive board next week, it states Ty Pawb is forecast to have a budget pressure of £298k as a result of lower-than-budgeted income levels, along with increased energy costs (£144k).

To make those savings, leader of the council Mark Pritchard said there was 'no hiding place' for services, with a focus on everything. 

Cllr Pritchard added: "What we've done with Ty Pawb, as we have with every other service is scrutinise it. 

"We have to revisit every service, every building, every area to make savings and every service has to wash its face, it just has to. 

"There have been big increases in energy, not just in Ty Pawb, but across the council with reference to schools. 

"We're focusing on everything and we have to.

"Our preferred option was to not run the facility ourselves and I'm probably still at the same place as that without doubt, but that will take a lot of work. 

"Because of the focus on savings and costings, everything will be revisited, looked at, if there are savings to be made we will. 

"The frankness of it is, any service that doesn't deliver, we'll have to revisit. A political decision will have to be made in lots of areas in the future on lots of these services. 


"Ty Pawb is popular at the moment, we have discussed it at a senior level and we'll see the outcomes."

Cllr David A Bithell, lead member for housing added: "The concept of Ty Pawb is fantastic really, but where we need to be is for it to be sustainable, at the moment it's not and we need to get it there. 

"Officers are doing a lot of work behind the scenes to get it sustainable. 

"If any service, not just Ty Pawb, is not sustainable then they are under review, it's as simple as that. That's the conundrum we're in at the moment, if it's not sustainable you either cease it, stop it, or close it."