- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Assembly Questions
9 May 2018
Will the Cabinet Secretary join with me in congratulating Welsh local government on the way they have coped with reducing Welsh Government support year on year and the quality of provision that they are providing despite those reductions? And will he commit to working collaboratively with Welsh local government in the manner of his predecessor?136
Alun Davies AM 14:52:21
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I would always seek to work in collaboration with local government, and I think the Welsh Government has an excellent record of doing so—let me say this. But I will also say that Welsh Government has protected local government from the worst excesses of an austerity approach taken across the border in England. I know that the Member for Swansea East takes a great interest in these matters, and he will be aware that no local authority in Wales has suffered the same level of cuts as has been seen across the border in England, and we need to recognise that. But, of course, we want to work with local authority leaders. But what I would like to be able to do is to work collaboratively to deliver the highest possible vision and not the lowest possible common denominator.