We often hear that North Wales loses out to South Wales when it comes to getting monies out of the Welsh Government, the prophets of doom and gloom claim that South Wales gets everything but is it really the case?
In the last financial year Wrecsam CBC had the highest Local Authority budget settlement in Wales resulting in a budget of £208,000,000. In addition to that Wrecsam got a total of £47 million in grants, mostly from the Welsh Government but some from the Home Office, £11 million of that was for 21st Century Schools with £14 million earmarked for the next financial year. The Welsh Government have already approved £41 million in grants for the 2011/12 year with some grant allocations yet to be decided.
Whether in North or South Wales, what cannot be denied is that local authority budgets in Wales and our ability to continue to provide front line services are a lot healthier in Wales than in England.
What the prophets of doom and gloom fail to understand is that only one third of the population of Wales live in North Wales and one of the biggest factors in deciding on financial allocation is need and deprivation and most deprivation are in South Wales authorities like Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taf, so it is hardly surprising that more money goes to South Wales.
Whilst we would all like more money for their area and admittedly there is unfairness in the system, but the answer is not to 'throw the baby out with the bath water' by voting No, but to vote Yes so that we have less bureaucracy in the legislative process which will serve the people of Wales far better than the current mess.