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Rise in council tax expected as Powys decides budget

The council say the situation is 'unprecedented' Credit: ITV News

Powys County Council will meet again later to decide their budget, after adjourning their decision in February.

It needs to make £20m savings in the next financial year, and £40m by April 2017, which could mean a rise in council tax of up to 4.95% and hundreds of job losses.

The council say strengthened security is in place, following a disruptive incident involving protestors at the last meeting.

Today is the final deadline for a decision to be made, ready to have services in place at the start of the next financial year in April.

As well as increases in council tax, proposals include reducing public services, and cutting the number of staff at the council.

The meeting is due to start at 10.30am.

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Calls for full-time school for three-year-olds

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Protesters in Pontypridd Credit: Alexandra Lodge / ITV Wales

Protesters opposed to proposed cuts by Rhondda Cynon Taf council say their children deserve full time school at the age of three.

The council says that "despite the need to review and reconfigure its services, we will continue to compare favourably with those provided by neighbouring local authorities."

Hundreds protest over proposed council cuts

Hundreds of people are protesting in Pontypridd today against cuts proposed by Rhondda Cynon Taf council. They are angry at plans to cut full-time nursery provision for three-year-old children, which they say will worsen the effects of poverty on education.

They also say in many cases it will make it impossible for them to work and do the nursery-run.

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Protesters gather in Pontypridd Credit: Alexandra Lodge / ITV Wales

The council says it's "being forced to consider changes, reductions and cuts to services as a result of the UK Government's austerity measures."

It added: "The Council is currently consulting on an initial five service change options and all service areas are currently being reviewed to identify further opportunities for savings which will be considered in the coming months.

"Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is confident that despite the need to review and reconfigure its services, we will continue to compare favourably with those provided by neighbouring local authorities."

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Protesters young and old gather in Pontypridd Credit: Alexandra Lodge / ITV Wales
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Banners held high in opposition to proposed cuts Credit: Alexandra Lodge / ITV Wales

Parents march against proposed cuts to nursery services

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's nursery provision is threatened by budget cuts. Credit: PA

Hundreds of parents from Rhondda Cynon Taf are expected to attend a protest in Pontypridd this morning to oppose propose cuts to nursery provision.

They say cuts will worsen the effects of poverty on education, and, in many cases, make it impossible for them to work and do the nursery-run.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is set to face an estimated budget gap of 'at least' £70m over the next four years.

In a statement the council say they are being forced to consider changes, reductions and cuts to services as a result of the UK Government's austerity measures.

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