Unions representing council workers across Wales have warned that local authorities will lose "thousands" of jobs because of spending cuts being planned as a result of this week's Welsh Government budget.
The warning comes as councillors themselves are told that they could get a small increase in their allowances under a recommendation of an independent review panel.
Alexandra Lodge reports.
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