1. Adrian Masters

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

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.