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Cardiff council due to discuss budget cuts

Local authorities across Wales are facing budget cuts Credit: ITV Wales News

Wales' biggest council will meet today to decide how millions of pounds of savings will be made to its budget.

Last week, Cardiff council's cabinet approved a report which looked to save almost £50m from its budget for the coming financial year.

The report includes proposals which would cut the equivalent of around 600 jobs and raise council tax by nearly 4%.

The council may face cuts of around £120m over the next three years.

Earlier this week, Powys County Council postponed their decision until March.

Cardiff councillors' plan to tackle street prostitution

Cardiff councillors will discuss today how they can tackle street prostitution and move sex workers away from residential areas of the city.

The 12 point plan includes appointing a manager to co-ordinate work on tackling the city's sex worker problem and creating safe zones for them to work in. The report to be considered by cabinet this afternoon will also look at the problem of trafficking.

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Children's home: Audit Committee to conduct review

A children's home that cost Cardiff Council more than £1.5m has been found 'not suitable' for purpose.

The Thornhill Road site was meant to be a home for up to eight teenagers - but it didn't even stay open for a year.

The union Unison has described the project as a "complete disaster from the start."

The matter has now been formally referred to the Audit Committee for a full review.

Council 'actively considering' home's future

Cardiff Council says supporting and protecting the city's most vulnerable young people remains its "absolute priority" as it looks into the situation surrounding the John Kane Unit.

The new administration is determined to get to the bottom of the situation regarding Thornhill Road Children's Home and the matter has been formally referred to the Audit Committee for a full review

It appears that the design and layout of the home is not conducive to delivering the type of residential experience Cardiff wishes to offer its looked after children. Questions therefore need to be answered about how a brand new purpose built facility is not suitable for the purpose for which it was built and whether the Council will be able to recover any of its costs.

In the meantime we are actively considering the long term use of the building and how best it can be used to benefit children and young people. Supporting and protecting Cardiff's most vulnerable young people remains the Council's absolute priority.

– A Cardiff Council spokesperson

The council says that while the home has not housed any children or young people since the end of 2011, it has been used to the benefit of "looked after children" on a day to day basis, as well as providing services to parents and families.

£1million children's home 'not fit for purpose'

The John Kane Unit in Cardiff Credit: ITV News

A recently built £1million children's home in Cardiff has been deemed "unfit" for its intended use following a 20-month review.

The John Kane Unit on Thornhill Road was purpose built to be a home for up to eight 11 to 18 year olds, but has lain empty while the review was completed.

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Cardiff Council workers demonstrate over planned cuts

Cardiff Council workers have taken to the streets to demonstrate against plans for millions of pounds of cuts to services.

The authority - Wales' largest - is trying to save £22m to balance its books, but campaigners say the cuts will cost 300 jobs and put extra pressure on the support being given to some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

The cuts are similar to those being planned in countries right across Wales - as our business correspondent Carole Green reports.

Cardiff Council: 'difficult decisions will need to be taken'

Cardiff Council will meet to set its budget today. Campaigners against proposed budget cuts will hold a protest outside the meeting.

Proposals to save money include selling Flatholm Island and facilities such as Splott Swimming pool and Cardiff Riding School.

In a statement, the council said the budget proposals have been 'extremely difficult'.

The Council's budget for 2013/14 will be set on Thursday February 28 at the meeting of full Council at City Hall.

Proposing the 2013/14 budget has been extremely difficult as the Council faces steeper cuts than ever before which means some difficult decisions will need to be taken to ensure that our frontline services, such as schools and social services, are protected. We also understand the strong feelings that some of Cardiff's citizens have had on some of the issues the budget proposals have raised.

– Cardiff Council spokesperson
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