Welsh Labour’s Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has announced £4.107 billion of funding for local authorities in 2017-18.
Local government in Wales will see an increase of £3.8 million in its funding for 2017-18 compared to 2016-17. This is the first increase in the settlement for local government since 2013-14.
The settlement includes £25 million to support the delivery of strong social services which are vital to the long-term success of the health service in Wales. This additional funding recognises the growing pressures which social services face.
It also takes account of Welsh Government’s budget agreement to provide local government with an additional £25 million through the settlement to support the delivery of vital services, as well as providing £1 million for school transport and £3 million for a pilot scheme to support town centre car parking.
Capital funding for 2017-18 amounts to £442 million, with General Capital funding for 2017-18 unchanged at £143 million. This means that councils will be able to press ahead in building new schools, improving local roads and providing vital infrastructure.
The Local Government Secretary has also published as much information as possible about other Welsh Government grant schemes planned for 2017-18. This identifies a further £650 million of funding for key priorities and will assist local authorities in preparing their budgets for next year. Another essential component of the provisional settlement is the funding for Council Tax Reduction Schemes. Maintaining the funding through the settlement at £244 million will ensure local government is able to continue to provide vital support to nearly 300,000 of our most vulnerable families.