What YOU think about Swansea Council £45m cuts
SWANSEA Council has announced yesterday it needs to save £45 million over the next three years — and you have already been having your say.
Councils across Wales are facing sizeable budget cuts from next year onwards due to decreases in settlements which come from Westminster via the Welsh Government.
Commenting on the Evening Post's website Neathboy234 said: "The cuts facing the UK are massive, whilst at the same time we spend £100 billion plus on Trident, god knows how much on a railway line in the middle of England, and £40 billion on our armed services."
Another reader, weslangdon, posted: "The decision to spend £500k (sic) on the chamber seems particularly inept.
"What they must make clear though is that Labour was elected here and in Cardiff Bay and the Tories were not. Furthermore that these cuts amount to a collective punishment on Wales for its people not voting in the ConDems."
Abertawejack described the proposed cuts as "obscene".
He posted: "These council cuts are obscene considering the Tory's expenditure on 'wish list' budgeting.
"I cannot for the life of me, understand why councils around the principality don't team up and share expenditures, because this would obviously be cheaper in the long term. By getting their act together they'll be, making cheaper taxes for all."
However, Eureka1963 said people were over-reacting and the council have got the budget spending under control.
The post reader wrote: "This is payback from all the years where council leaders adopted the 'use it or lose it' ethos to their departmental budgets.
"It's easy to spend when it not your money and there's no accountability when it's wasted. Of course there will be job losses but I do have a money-saving idea for you, get rid of one of your executives as opposed to 10 of your lowest paid staff as then you will only need the one stamp."