Denbighshire Council says it has given a cautious welcome to a small rise in its funding for the next financial year.
The Welsh Government announced on Wednesday that the local authority will be given £140.3 million for 2017-18 – a slight increase of 0.5%. Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said most councils across Wales would see their first rise in funding since 2013-14.
A council spokesperson said the increase was slightly better than expected and would help avoid further cuts – but the proposed settlement remained challenging.
Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill said: ”The council will need to consider the proposed settlement in greater detail. What it generally means is that the savings we have already identified for 2017/18 will be sufficient and the council will not need to find any further cuts for the next financial year. An increase in funding is always to be welcomed, but we need to consider this good news in the context of continuing increases in the council’s costs.”
Neighbouring Conwy County Council is also set to see its funding increase slightly by 0.4% to £150.1 million. The biggest increase in the North will be for Gwynedd (0.9%) but Wrexham Council will see its share cut by 0.5% to £169 million.