Simon Baynes MP criticises Welsh Government plan to give Wrexham Council second lowest funding settlement in Wales

Member of Parliament for Clwyd South, Simon Baynes MP, has criticised the Labour Welsh Government following the publication today of its proposed Local Government Funding Settlement for 2021-22, in which Wrexham Council is set to receive the second lowest funding increase in Wales of 2.3%.

This funding settlement for Wrexham, which follows the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, works out at less than half of the proposed increase for Newport (5.61%) and falls well below the national average of 3.8%.

Commenting, Simon Baynes MP said:

“It is a disgrace that the Labour Welsh Government in Cardiff Bay is planning to give Wrexham the second lowest funding settlement in the country for 2021-22 whilst councils in South Wales are set to receive much higher settlements. The proposed increase for Wrexham of 2.3% compares to an average increase in South Wales of 4.17%.

“I very much hope the Welsh Government reconsiders this poor funding settlement before the final decision is made in the New Year.”