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AMs row over council tax benefit proposals

AMs face being called back to the Senedd over Christmas Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

A row has broken out in the Assembly tonight as AMs face being called back to the Senedd over Christmas after they refused to rush through new rules for paying council tax benefit

The Welsh government say the Treasury only told them this afternoon how much money there'd be to help more than three hundred thousand poor families in Wales. But the opposition parties said the government had been incompetent.

The Assembly isn't due to meet again until January -and ministers say a delay could deny vital help to vulnerable people.

Council tax benefits funding row could see Assembly recalled - Welsh Government sources

by Adrian Masters

Assembly Members may have to be recalled during their Christmas break to deal with delays in introducing a new council tax benefits system. Welsh Government sources say that despite responsibility for benefits being transferred to Cardiff, the Treasury still hasn't said how much money there'll be.

The Welsh Government says it can't set regulations for local councils until it knows how much funding is available which may in turn mean councils missing their January deadline for setting up schemes. Sources say up to 330,000 households could miss out if the problem isn't dealt with.

Among the options being considered, I'm told, is asking for the Assembly to be recalled after it breaks for recess on December 5th in order to make sure the situation is resolved.

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