Plaid's 'let us help' plea over council cuts plan
PLAID has offered to enter into a formal joint coalition with the ruling Labour-Independent administration of Carmarthenshire Council to help minimise the effects of spending cuts on public services.
Plaid group leader Councillor Peter Hughes Griffiths made the offer in a letter to Labour leader Kevin Madge and Independent leader, Pam Palmer.
Mr Hughes Griffiths said: "As the authority faces having to make reported financial savings of £12 million to £18 million next year, my members feel that a formal coalition would be the most effective way of dealing with this quite unprecedented situation."
He added: "Within the Plaid group there are able and talented individuals who could make a valuable contribution to such a coalition.
"I'm sure all groups agree that the welfare of the people of Carmarthenshire must come first.
"As we face a most critical period for public service provision, we are convinced that a formal coalition would further empower the council and show the public that we are doing everything possible to steer our county through the difficult years ahead," he said.
Mrs Palmer said she did not want to comment ahead of talks within the Independent party to discuss Plaid's offer.
Mr Madge was unavailable for comment.
The council has been warned to expect English-style cuts for authorities in Wales.
Bosses are to look at the possibility of raising council tax, charging more for services, cutting staff and privatisation, with a range of options set to be put to councillors in the coming months. The council, which has made about £10 million in savings in recent years, had been planning to take another £5 million out of next year's budget. But that has changed.
Up to £18 million could be cut from the authority.