Responding to today’s announcement by UK government of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme, Councillor Anthony Hunt (Torfaen), WLGA Finance Spokesperson said:
“Whilst we welcome the inclusion of councils in the UK government’s six-month energy price guarantee, we will take time to analyse the detail.
“The scale of the challenge facing local services cannot be overstated. Local services face up to 285% hikes in energy costs, which means much more support will be needed from UK government to meet the extraordinary pressures. Aside from surging energy bills, pay costs and rocketing inflation are forcing councils to look again at their spending plans just to meet their legal duty to balance budgets.
“Every day, our communities look to councils for support. But more resources are urgently needed if we are to protect our essential local services. We call on the UK government to provide more adequate support to help councils help communities.”