Local Government Minister Carl Sargeant says the Welsh Government will after all provide additional help for people facing a cut in their council tax support, following the changes announced by the UK Government. He's giving an extra £22 million to local councils to help with bills this year.
The announcement is a major U-turn by the Welsh government, which recalled AMs from their Christmas break to push through new rules that left even the poorest claimants paying some of their council tax. Ministers said they simply weren't in a position to divert money from other projects.
The money will now come from reserves and departmental budgets. The Government says this has become possible as a result of careful financial management. The Finance Minister, Jane Hutt, says the council tax support budget will now return to the level it was before the UK Government made its cuts.