Friday, 3 February 2017


There is more happening in the world besides president Trump's accession and the arguments between militants on both sides of Brexit. These dominate the mainstream media, but act as a useful distraction for the government from decisions which will soon affect the way of life of many of us. Changes to the benefits, tax credits and social care system, some of which are imminent; plans to close Job Centres; and centralisation of HMRC functions are not going to stop because the government has been given permission to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

In Wales, Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has unveiled proposals which would affect both how local services (social care, refuse collection, education etc.) are delivered and ones democratic control over them. The Welsh Government has issued a consultation document and I hope as people as have a view on these matters will respond on- or offline.

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