Powys wide Residents Survey Launched

Powys Lib Dems have today launched a Powyswide online resident survey as part of their plan to try to take control of the council in May.

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Plaid Cymru Backing the Conservatives Over Powys Residents

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have hit out at Plaid Cymru Powys after its group leader backed a Conservative motion for a 3.4% increase in council tax this year.

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POWYS LIB DEMS OFFER WAY OUT OF COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET DILEMMA

Responding to news that both Blaenau Gwent (0% Council Tax increase instead of proposed 4%) and Ceredigion (2.5% not 4.75%) Councils have been able to reduce the financial burden on their residents in 2022/23 by using newly-arrived additional funding from the Welsh Government to amend planned Council Tax increases Powys County Council’s Welsh Liberal Democrat Group has said it would be unacceptable if Powys Councillors were not given the same opportunity. The ruling Independent/Conservative coalition Cabinet has proposed a 3.9% Council Tax increase for Powys. 


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Broken Triple Lock Promise Creates £740,685 Cost of Living Black Hole in Powys

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of leaving pensioners in Powys with a “hole in their pocket” after breaking a manifesto promise to protect the state pension.

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POWYS LIB DEMS CALL FOR PAUSE IN SCHOOLS TRANSFORMATION PROCESS PENDING REVIEW OF IMPACT OF COVID-19

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Group on Powys County Council has today tabled a Motion to be debated at the County Council meeting on 3rd March requesting the Council’s Cabinet to delay implementation of current school closure decisions for one year to allow time for a comprehensive review of the assumptions underpinning the schools transformation programme.

The Group, currently the largest party group on the council, is concerned that the entire consultation process on the transformation strategy was undertaken prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and may be based on outdated assumptions about how closely individual schools are working together within a cluster.
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POWYS OPPOSITION GROUPS TO OPPOSE 3.9% COUNCIL TAX RISE

Leaders of the main opposition groups on Powys County Council have signalled that they will be opposing the council’s Independent/Conservative Cabinet’s proposed Budget and Council Tax increase for 2022/23. Cllrs James Gibson-Watt (Welsh Lib Dem), Matthew Dorrance (Welsh Labour), Jeremy Pugh (Action for Powys) and Elwyn Vaughan (Plaid Cymru) issued a joint statement:-

“The Independent/Conservative Cabinet’s proposed 2022/23 Budget is more of the same. Hiking taxes and cutting services, including further cuts to arts and cultural organisations that threaten the future of the whole sector. We think Powys deserves better. It is also full of risk and savings proposals that lack credibility. There has been a serious lack of control of some departmental budgets over the past 5 years, which has led the Cabinet to impose Council Tax increases amounting to 30% since 2017. The latest 3.9% increase comes despite the fact that the Council will receive a record 9.6% increase in its grant from Welsh Government in 2022/23. It also comes at a time of huge increases in the costs of living and a 10% National Insurance tax increase. It will be unaffordable for a lot hard-pressed families in Powys.”

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