Wales politics

At-a-glance guide to council budget cuts in Wales for 2015-16

Council cash to pay for services like bin collections, libraries and leisure centres has been cut by £146m next year.

Council leaders, who have been warning budget reductions could hit services, have been told they will see between 2.4% and 4.5% less in their budgets for 2015/16 as set by the Welsh government.

Neath Port Talbot will see the smallest reduction with Ceredigion hit hardest.

Pembrokeshire council described the situation as "grim".

Wrexham council said its "poor settlement" puts more pressure on local services.

Here's an at-a-glance guide to the settlement for each council, and their reactions as they come in.

Anglesey

-3.9% cut - dropping from £96.6m to £92.9m in 2015-16

Blaenau Gwent

-2.8% cut - dropping from £113.3m to £110.1m in 2015-16

Bridgend

-3.4% cut - dropping from £195m to £188.5m in 2015-16

Caerphilly

-3.4% cut - dropping from £272.7m to £263.5m in 2015-16

Caerphilly council leader Keith Reynolds said the authority's 3.4% budget cut means that "we will be forced to find savings of around £10m next year (2015/16) and around £30m in total over a three year period".

He added: "We will now carefully consider the implications of this announcement and prepare our draft budget proposals for consultation with the wider community."

Cardiff

-2.9% cut - dropping from £436.3m to £423.7m in 2015-16

Carmarthenshire

-3.3% cut - dropping from £261.1m to £252.5m in 2015-16

Ceredigion

-4.5% cut - dropping from £103.9m to £99.3m in 2015-16

Conwy

-4.3% cut - dropping from £158m to £151.2m in 2015-16

Denbighshire

-3.7% cut - dropping from £145.4m to £140.1m in 2015-16

Flintshire

-3.4% cut - dropping from £193.1m to £186.5m in 2015-16

Flintshire council needs to find £16.4m to plug its budget gap with leader Aaron Shotton calling it a "bleak day for local government in Wales" and claiming some services may have to be axed.

He said the authority has achieved £33m in savings in recent years by reducing management and operating costs but added that "there comes a tipping point whereby the sustainability of our services comes into question".

He said: "We will have to prioritise some services over others, reduce or even stop services."

Gwynedd

-4% cut - dropping from £175.1m to £168.1m in 2015-16

Merthyr Tydfil

-2.6% cut - dropping from £91.6m to £89.2m in 2015-16

Monmouthshire

-4.3% cut - dropping from £97.8m to £93.6m in 2015-16

Monmouthshire council leader Peter Fox said: "The announcement that Monmouthshire will have its funding cut by a massive 4.3% is a colossal blow to the council and to the people we serve.

"This means that the council will need to find savings over the next three years of around £27m. This presents almost incomprehensible challenges.

"It also means that Monmouthshire will be set to receive the lowest funding per resident of any Welsh council. I cannot understand why Monmouthshire's residents should be so disadvantaged. We will get £1,018 per person to deliver all of our services when neighbouring authorities will receive between £380 to £560 more for each of their residents. It's just not fair.

Neath Port Talbot

-2.4% cut - dropping from £210.1 to £205.1m in 2015-16

Neath Port Talbot chief executive Steve Phillips said the settlement means the authority has to save about £20m instead of £23m it had anticipated.

He said while the situation is still not easy, "it could have been worse".

Newport

-2.6% cut - dropping from £214.9m to £209.4m in 2015-16

Newport council says its 2.6% budget cut means it will need to save an extra £5m on top of the £4.9m it was planning to save next year in addition to the £50m of cuts in the "past few years".

Pembrokeshire

-4.2% cut - dropping from £167.2m to £160.3m in 2015-16

Pembrokeshire County Council leader Jamie Adams described the 4.2% cut as "grim", adding: "It is inevitable that frontline service delivery will be impacted."

Powys

-4.4% cut - dropping from £182.4m to £174.3m in 2015-16

Rhondda Cynon Taf

-3.7% cut - dropping from £367.8m to £354.4m in 2015-16

Swansea

-3.4% cut - dropping from £318.4m to £307.7m in 2015-16

Torfaen

-3.7% cut - dropping from £135.9m to £130.8m in 2015-16

Vale of Glamorgan

-3.4% cut - dropping from £157.8m to £152.5m in 2015-16

Wrexham

-2.9% cut - dropping from £175.3m to £170.3m in 2015-16

Wrexham council says it needs to make budget savings of £11m for 2015/16.

Council leader Mark Pritchard said: "The Welsh government have prioritised resources on health at the expense of local government services. This has resulted in yet another poor settlement and put even more pressure on local services."

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