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Debate on the local government settlement

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The Minister for Social Justice and Local Government was accused of being biased in his dealing with Local Governments and individuals on 10 January 2012.

Plaid Cymru AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas criticised the minister for refusing to make any comments or criticise authorities which were run by the Labour Party.

Speaking on behalf of the Conservatives, Janet Finch Saunders AM described the settlement as "unimaginative" as she argued that it did not maximise the use of the limited funds available.

She called instead for more focus on care for the over 65 year olds as the increase in dementia requires expensive care packages.

Local Government spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats Peter Black AM voiced his party's support for the settlement as they believe it's the best settlement possible under the circumstances.

The Local Government Finance Report for 2012-2013 which was laid in the table office on 9th December 2011 notes that after accounting for transfers, the 22 local authorities in Wales will receive an increase of 0.24% on the previous year's revenue settlement.

The motion was passed.

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