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Working together to deal with austerity

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A conference to discuss the impact of funding challenges on public services has been held in Cardiff this morning.
Thursday 19 November 2015

Jointly hosted by the Welsh Government and the WLGA, delegates from across the public sector came together to consider how to deal with continued and severe financial pressures on public services.

As well as dealing with current financial pressures, the event also discussed the anticipated impact of the UK Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review on public services in Wales.

Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews warned the conference,

“We have to find new ways of dealing with increased demands on public services with fewer resources.

“I was encouraged to hear of the positive and innovative approach being taken by Local Government to deal with these twin challenges. It is important that we build on these ideas and ensure they adopted by Local Authorities across Wales.”  

Councillor Aaron Shotton, Deputy Leader and Finance Spokesperson for the WLGA said:

“Local councils in Wales have long recognised that there can be no business as usual approach, and are well advanced in developing innovative new ways of delivering their services to help deal with the budget shortfall they expect to face by 2019.  Key to this process is the need to continue to engage with our residents and service users so they understand our financial position and the implications of next week's Spending Review announcement for public services in Wales.

"There is now an urgent need for us all to work together to develop a more sustainable and flexible funding system for the future, based on the ongoing work of the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance and the Welsh Government's Finance Futures Panel. Today's event is a vital first step in the process of developing this shared understanding."

Delegates were also addressed by Finance Minister Jane Hutt, who warned of the future challenges posed by the UK Government’s Spending Review:

“It is clear that the UK Government’s austerity programme is far from over. In the Summer Budget the Chancellor announced plans to find £37bn of savings over the forthcoming spending review. We face great challenges as a result especially key public services in Wales.

“Given the financial outlook, we must look at how we can do things differently, learning from each other about how to adapt services to the new financial climate.”  

 

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