Rural Councils have benefitted from the funding floor negotiated by Kirsty Williams in the Welsh Government budget.
The funding floor, designed to reduce variation in funding for councils, was part of the agreement which saw Kirsty Williams become Cabinet Secretary for Education. It ensured Powys County Council's planned 1.3% cut was limited to 0.5%.
Last year, after a 4% cut was proposed for Powys, Kirsty Williams secured an extra £1.93million for Powys. The Council welcomed the money and praised Kirsty’s “instrumental” work.
Commenting on the news, Kirsty Williams said:
“A funding floor was in the Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto and was an important part of the agreement which led to me entering the Welsh government”.
“Rural councils have lost out for too long, and this funding floor has stopped the situation where Councils like Powys faced drastic cuts to its budget”.
“While Conservatives slash council budgets in England, and watch helplessly from the side-lines in Wales, my actions in the Welsh Government have ensured Powys is better off than we would have otherwise been”.