Today it has been released that over £2,300,000 (£2.3 million) was owed to Welsh councils at the end of last year from private developers. Since then, £80.000 was repaid, still leaving a massive sum of money owed to councils. This figure was found by BBC Wales using information obtained by using the freedom of information act.
With that massive amount of money being owed to the councils, it leaves the question ‘what could they have done with that money?’
That question has many different answers, but with job losses and public service cuts over the past year, it is a substantial amount of money that could have prevented certain job losses and helped the community to cope with cuts. It could have helped the councils with children’s education, or help with the maintenance of public highways. These are only a few things that the money could have been spent on.
When asked, a council spokesman said that it was ‘hard to keep track’ of the money owed.
I think that this is terrible. So many people have lost their jobs and services have been cut drastically. Just imagine how much that money could have helped struggling families, children or social services.
The council seems to not think the money will be paid back soon.
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