Plaid Cymru calls for Welsh Government to use unspent funds to freeze council tax


Plaid Cymru has urged the current Welsh Government to use its unspent funds to immediately freeze council tax.

Referring to the £800 million of unspent funding in this year’s Welsh Government budget, Adam Price MS this week’s First Minister’s Questions in the Senedd to point out that it would cost £100 million to allow Welsh councils to freeze council tax and offset last year’s average 4.8% rise.

Ceredigion MS, Elin Jones, said:

“Households across Ceredigion have all struggled with the financial burden of the pandemic.

“If the Welsh Government were to use the £100 million to fund councils across Wales, then the additional burden on households in Ceredigion could be eased and allow for a freeze on council taxes.”

Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price MS said,

“Any talk of the pandemic as the great leveller has been completely debunked by the harsh reality facing thousands of families in Wales.

“Citizens Advice Cymru have found that Welsh families have been hit by a total of £73 million of arrears due to struggling with rent, energy bills or council tax over the last year. £13 million relates specifically to Council Tax arrears.

“That is why I have urged the Labour Welsh Government to use £100 million of its £800 million unspent funds to freeze council tax right away, making up for last year’s average rise of 4.8%.”

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