Claims that the proposed 7 percent increase to the police precept in South Wales are necessary to cover the costs of the Apprenticeship Levy amount to “a misrepresentation”, South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.
South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael recently announced the rise – which council tax payers across Cardiff, the Vale and RCT will need to pay.
Justifying the increase – Mr Michael claimed it was partly to pay the costs of the Apprenticeship Levy – describing it as an “extra annual cost that cannot be avoided”.
But Mr Davies has pointed out that the UK Government had made the money available to the Welsh Government to cover the cost – and that Labour Ministers in Cardiff Bay needed to take responsibility for not passing it on.
Instead – he called for greater efficiency within public services in Wales – rather than leaving hardworking council tax payers to pick up the bill.
Mr Davies said, “Council tax payers across Cardiff, the Vale and RCT will be concerned to hear that the police precept will be going up – since it will further increase pressures on household budgets.
“A 7% rise is a significant amount – and the justification for it does not stack up.
“The Police and Crime Commissioner claimed it partly was necessary to pay the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy – yet Labour Ministers in Cardiff Bay were given money to cover these costs.
“The fact they have chosen not to pass it on is their responsibility – leaving local people to pick up the bill.
“Rather than blaming Westminster – Labour politicians need to accept that it is their decisions in Government in Wales that has seen us fall further and further behind the rest of the UK.”