Leaders join forces over welfare reform
COUNCIL leaders in Wales have united to challenge the UK Government on the financial cost of UK welfare reforms and their operational delivery.
The Welfare Reform Act will lead to wholesale changes to the structure of the UK welfare system.
The Welsh Local Government Association claims the current funding allocations for delivering changes to the welfare system in Wales are based on highly optimistic financial forecasts that could lead to Welsh councils having to foot the bill.
WLGA deputy leader Aaron Shotton said: "Welfare reform in Wales represents a transfer of liability to local councils which has not been seen for generations.
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"This comes at a time when councils are already trying to balance an increasing demand for public services, against a worsening financial climate.
"What local authorities need, in Wales and the rest of the UK, is an early, accurate and transparent announcement from the UK Government on both the financial and social cost of their reforms."