Swansea's Labour AMs have welcomed new figures showing that council tax in Swansea continues to be lower than in England, and that this year’s council tax rise is also lower than across the border.
A Band D property in Swansea is £154 less than the average Band D in England, which stands at £1,591.
The band D council tax rise in Swansea is also lower than the figure for England based on estimates published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. The average increase in England in 2017-18 is 4.0% and the increase in Swansea is 3.1%.
Swansea West AM, Julie James, said: “Despite huge pressures on budgets here in Wales caused by years of Tory cuts, Welsh Councils have acted to protect the taxpayer. This situation has not been replicated in England, where we have seen significantly larger rises."
Gower AM, Rebecca Evans, said: “The situation in England is caused not least by the fact that the Tory government have completely mismanaged social care. In Wales, we have prioritised it as a sector of national strategic importance, and have invested an extra £35 million to help manage the pressures in the sector this year."
Swansea East AM, Mike Hedges, said: “Despite austerity from Westminster, Wales has not seen the levels of cuts to local services we have seen in England. This is because the Welsh Labour Government understands the importance of doing all it can to protect our services.”