Thursday, 16 December 2010

Tories plan extra £4m cuts for Wrecsam

The Tory "alternative" budget for Wales would mean an extra £4.4m in cuts for Wrecsam.

The Tories, who have laughably tried to pose as the party to defend the NHS (while virtually privatising it in England), were forced to explain how they would ringfence health spending in the light of WAG facing budget cuts from the UK government.

The budget was slipped out in a press release on the day of last week's student protests - a good day to bury bad news as they say.

Among the Tory "ideas" was an additional 1.5% cut to every local council budget - on top of the existing cutbacks imposed.

Plaid's Eurfyl ap Gwilym - scourge of Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight - has crunched the numbers and here's what the Tories would cut from each local council budget in real terms:

Isle of Anglesey 3,038,114
Gwynedd 5,465,372
Conwy 4,703,120
Denbighshire 4,355,462
Flintshire 6,016,013
Wrexham 4,442,081
Powys 4,990,116
Ceredigion 2,261,995
Pembrokeshire 5,201,787
Carmarthenshire 6,954,764
Swansea 8,992,538
Neath Port Talbot 6,393,560
Bridgend 5,339,769
Vale Of Glam 4,899,205
RCT 11,183,241
Merthyr Tydfil 2,804,854
Caerphilly 8,165,050
Blaenau Gwent 3,527,828
Torfaen 4,216,282
Monmouthshire 3,128,221
Newport 6,322,036
Cardiff 5,723,012

Total 118,124,420

That's an awful lot of teachers, care workers, refuse collectors to sack.

I wonder whether the Tory candidates in Clwyd South and Wrecsam will be trumpeting this in their election manifestos?

9 comments:

elihu yale said...

I expect they would also increase tuition fees and cut EMA.Good election manifesto.

Plaid Whitegate said...

Welcome back, Elihu.

Yes, the Tory budget did propose increasing tuition fees in line with the English. Not sure about the EMA.

True Ruabon said...

Well at least the tories have policies on local government which don't involve costly abolitions and re-organisation as proposed by Plaid

Plaid Whitegate said...

John, calling yourself True Wrexham or True Ruabon doesn't really make a difference you know. We know it's you.

As for Plaid's re-organisation - I think you're fantasising again.

The Tories in England are destroying the NHS and local councils. Same old story. Luckily they're not in power in Wales.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

...and they never will be in power in Wales!

Anonymous said...

Look back at your track record.. Tories have consistently made more gains at each election ... unlike Plaid

Anonymous said...

Anonymous (12:53) - you measure success through political gains and losses.

Plaid measures success if people have a home, heating, a right to dignity, strength of community...

Power or no power, votes or no votes Plaid Cymru stands up for the rights of the people...

Then again I doubt whether you'd understand that.

Jacko said...

Check out Clwyd South Conservatives new website www.clwydsouthconservatives.com

Bet that has cost them a bit.. can't seem to find a local Labour or Plaid one

Welsh Ramblings said...

"Plaid measures success if people have a home, heating, a right to dignity, strength of community...

Power or no power, votes or no votes Plaid Cymru stands up for the rights of the people...

Then again I doubt whether you'd understand that. "

Well said. Venceremos!