South East Wales

Rebels could put Cardiff council budget plans in doubt

City Hall in Cardiff Image copyright Lewis Clarke/Geograph
Image caption Councillors are due to meet next week to decide on the budget

Cardiff council's controversial budget plans are in doubt, BBC Wales understands.

Opposition groups are in talks with Labour backbenchers about a new plan.

The Labour-run council put forward new budget proposals last week which include reducing funding for day centres, cutting around 600 jobs and increasing council tax by 5%.

The final budget will be voted on next week, but the opposition groups are now preparing an alternative.

Opposition leaders met the council's chief executive Paul Orders and two Labour members on Wednesday morning to discuss their proposals.

They would need support from several Labour rebels to stop leader Phil Bale's budget getting through.

Image caption There is believed to be unrest in the Labour group about council leader Phil Bale's budget

Labour sources have told BBC Wales there is unhappiness within the 45-strong Labour group about Cllr Bale's proposed budget.

An announcement from the opposition on the details of their alternative proposal is expected on Friday.

A Cardiff council spokesman confirmed Wednesday's meeting took place but said it was "part and parcel" of the budget-setting process.

A Labour party spokesperson said: "Any breach of group whip in respect of the budget is likely to lead to very serious disciplinary action."

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