Huw met with council leaders and union representatives at an Emergency Budget Day lobby of Parliament to urge the government to give fair funding for Wales.
Council leaders and unions warned that jobs and essential public services are under increasing pressure across Wales thanks to the UK government’s squeeze on spending. 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 reductionhas meant cuts to local authorities across Wales, forcing them to slash spending to the tune of £720m since 2010.
The chancellor’s Emergency Budget revealed additional cuts for the Welsh block grant, and council leaders and unions state that greater austerity will cause a systematic dismantling of the services that maintain the very fabric of communities across Wales.
Huw said, “As public sector workers from Bridgend and across Wales brought their demands for a fair deal for Wales to parliament, the Chancellor announced further cuts to the Welsh budget. Add to this the additional strain caused by tightening the screw on less wealthy families – who will be up to £260 worse off according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies – and it is clear that Wales has taken a direct hit once again from this Conservative government.”