Council requests Welsh Government help to solve budget crisis

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Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has requested Welsh Government intervention following its inability to pass key decisions, with the council reportedly facing a £15million budget deficit by 2022.

The Wales Audit Office has warned the council against using its reserves to meet budget shortfalls in social services, but the situation was made worse by the council’s political balance, with neither Independents (currently running a minority administration) or Labour having a majority.

Council Leader, Cllr. Kevin O’Neill said: “It is important that we do not bury our heads in the sand and as the leader of this council I urge all elected members and officers to adopt a united front approach to ensure that this organisation is sustainable moving forward.”