Council leader described impending cuts as "really worrying"
COUNCIL leader Kevin Madge has described the cuts facing authorities across Wales are "really worrying".
His comments come following the Welsh Government's Draft Budget announcement last week.
Wales Finance Minister Jane Hutt delivered the budget report in the Senedd announcing a 5.81 per cent cut to local governments as part of its overall efficiency drive.
The cut means local government spending will fall from £4.648bn this year to £4.466bn next year.
Ahead of the announcement Mr Madge said: "This is really worrying for me, and the council, not only me but all leaders in Wales.
"People rely on our services, for example if we provide black bin bags that helps people, these are the sort of things we will have to review, and there is a knock on effect for people who are at the low end who rely on these things."
Mr Madge says the press, unions, and members will be brought together on October 21 to discuss the issue.
He added that the press would be invited in to the meeting and they would be putting all the cuts in front of members and having discussions.
The leader added: "I have been here 35 years I remember the Thatcher years, the 1980s I can remember the miners' strike, I went through all that and it was a difficult time.
"But public services weren't having a hammering. The benefits and services are suffering at the same time and I can't remember that.
"If all the money is being taken out local Government is going to be a different animal in three years' time.
"We are protecting education as much as we can, we don't know yet the final figure for that, social services we will try and protect as much of the front line as we can.
"But this debate will have to come at the meeting."