The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on Powys County Council, Cllr James Gibson-Watt, has claimed that the council’s budget is ‘entering serious danger territory’, following the publication of new figures for the end of August showing the council is facing a projected overspend in 2017/18 of over £6 million, a more than £1.5 million worsening of the position from the end of July.
Calling on the Council’s ruling Independent/Conservative Cabinet to ‘ditch the complacency and get its act together’ on controlling the county council’s budget, Cllr. Gibson-Watt said:-
“Despite these dire figures, it seems the dangerous complacency previously shown by Cabinet members about the situation is continuing. The deteriorating position in the council’s most critical services, such as social care, is placing the future delivery of those services and the welfare of vulnerable people at risk.’
“When the Cabinet meets to consider these figures next week it needs to bring forward a clear explanation of how it intends to rectify this situation and bring the council’s budget back in to balance. We cannot continue to take more money out of the council’s dwindling reserves to cover up for these failings.”