First Minister Carwyn Jones has hit back at some of the criticisms of Local Authorities complaining about budget cuts saying
"Compared for example to England where they are losing 10%-plus in terms of cuts year-on-year, Welsh local authorities are in a better position."
This follows remarks made by the Local Government Minister yesterday criticising RCT Labour Council for what she described as an "over the top" reaction to the budget announcement.
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says the Labour Cabinet and officers should have been more prepared.
"The financial difficulties that we are facing are not new, they stem from the incompetence of the Labour Westminster Government in the thirteen years they were in charge prior to 2010, and have been exacerbated by the actions of the Welsh Labour Government since 1999.
"This did not come as a surprise to anyone, in fact the Council's finance officer has been warning of tough times ahead for years and the Labour leader never stops telling everyone how bad things are.
"There should have been more thought given to this not just in recent weeks but over a space of years. The Labour Minister is right to criticise her colleagues in RCT, their reaction is knee jerk and extremely badly thought out.
"Far too much money is wasted in Rhondda Cynon Taff, from chauffeur driven cars to ludicrous 'works of art.' In recent years they spent thousands on new seats for the Council Chamber, a plate glass barrier between the Councillors and the public - etched of course - and security locks.
"On a wider scale, millions have been paid out in 'golden goodbyes' to employees on top of their already very generous pension and redundancy payments so that they could avoid making compulsory redundancies. As for their publicity department - the amount spent on self publicity for the Labour party is disgraceful."
The Cabinet meet on Monday 21st October at 4pm in Clydach Vale to discuss the proposals. details can be found here on link .
Carwyn Jones has hit back