This time last year the Labour government in Wales gave Gwynedd Council a better than feared financial settlement, allowing it to significantly reduce expected cuts of £7m. This was accepted, but rather grudgingly acknowledged by Gwynedd’s Plaid Cymru Cabinet. Cuts were then made in accordance with the public’s priorities as indicated through the Gwynedd Challenge. More services were saved than most of us believed possible two months before. The public did speak and was heard. To those like Mr Bott who say that Cardiff’s Labour politicians have done nothing to help, I suggest they direct their anger to the true authors of austerity, the Tory government in London. As for my part, I was simply one of many, working both within the Labour party and through non-political pressure groups like SOS Gwynedd, urging our then shadow minister of state, Nia Griffith, and our Labour AMs to help soften the blow from Mr Osborne. With success it seems.
on behalf of Dwyfor Meirionnydd Labour Party.