Wales politics

Councils' total budget cuts confirmed by Welsh government

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Image caption Councils fear the budget cuts will hit frontline services

Councils have had cuts in their final budget settlements for 2015/16 confirmed by the Welsh government.

In October, ministers announced Wales' 22 local authorities would be getting £146m less than this year.

The total block grant - covering 60% of council spending - would be cut by 3.4% to £4.12bn, Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews said on Wednesday.

Ceredigion faces the biggest cut at 4.5%, and Neath Port Talbot the lowest with 2.4%.

Several councils have begun consultations with residents as they decide which services will face the brunt of the savings needed.

Around 25% of council spending is covered by specific grants, and most of the remaining 15% by council tax, the Welsh government said.

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