Council tax increase warning
Local authorities in Wales will be forced to increase council tax by the maximum 5% next year, a senior councillor has warned.
Welsh councils bemoan 'catastrophic austerity'
A seeming increase in Wales’ public sector budgets masks the ‘catastrophic impact that eight years of austerity have had on local public services,’ the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has warned.
Welsh councils call for end to cuts
Welsh council leaders have called for an end to the ‘relentless cuts to public services’ after a new report highlighted the scale of shrinking budgets.
Welsh councils' performance improves
Nearly two-thirds of council services in Wales have improved over the last year, according to new figures.
‘No council tax to fix social care gap’
The Welsh Government has ruled out using council tax to help plug the devolved nation’s social care funding gap.
WLGA chief warns of council mergers
The chief executive of the Welsh Local Government Association has warned that the rising cost of social care could force some councils to merge.
Local government 'stalwart' to retire
The leader of the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has announced he will retire at the end of the year.
New direction welcomed as ‘right way to do business’
The Welsh local government minister’s new direction on reorganisation has been welcomed as the ‘right way to do business’.
'Harder choices ahead' as Drakeford sets out timetable for reform
Welsh councils must use the next 18 months to prepare for the ‘harder choices that lie ahead,’ Mark Drakeford has warned as he set out a timetable for local government reform.
Williams 'disappointed' by lack of reorganisation
Regional service delivery in Wales will be ‘tricky,’ according to Sir Paul Williams, who led the commission that called for council mergers.
Welsh authorities may face budget cuts of 9% by 2020
Councils in Wales could be facing an overall budget cut of 9% between now and 2020, the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned in a report.
Rates relief scheme slammed as ‘spin- doctoring’ exercise
Private sector bosses have accused the Welsh Government of the ‘worst form of spin-doctoring’ after it made its small business rates relief scheme permanent.
Welsh council merger plans 'delayed by a decade'
Plans to merge local authorities in Wales could be delayed by up to 10 years, according to the Welsh Conservatives.
No accord for trimming number of Welsh councils
The Welsh local government secretary has conceded there is no consensus around cutting the number of councils.
Welsh warned of post-Brexit cash cuts
The Brexit vote could result in further cuts in government grants and a loss of economic opportunities, council leaders in Wales have warned.
Welsh social care reorganisation pledge
Welsh council leaders have called for the integration of health and social care after the new local government secretary promised a ‘wider conversation’ about reorganisation.
Welsh local government secretary wants new merger plan by autumn
Wales’ new local government secretary has called for a ‘wider conversation’ about reorganisation and a new plan to be in place by the autumn.
Austerity 'rules out reorganisation option'
Further reorganisation of council structures in Wales is no longer possible because of continuing austerity, local government leaders in Wales have warned.
Scottish councils pledge to keep UK in EU
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has announced it will back the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union (EU).
EU need an opinion
Britain’s membership of the EU is set to dominate the news agenda until June’s referendum. Thomas Bridge examines whether local government needs to take a stance on this crucial debate.