Newport Council is set to receive the highest increase in government funding, it has been revealed.
But another council leader has criticised the Welsh Government for awarding his local authority with the second lowest funding.
And as a result, a council tax rise of almost seven per cent is on the cards for Wrexham residents for the second year in a row.
Wrexham Council leader Mark Pritchard said he was "devastated and disappointed" for residents.
Wrexham received a rise of 2.3 per cent in its settlement for the 2021/22 financial year, while Newport Council received the highest amount of 5.6 per cent.
Ratepayers in Wrexham are now facing an uplift of 6.95 per cent to their bills, which equates to an extra £1.65 per week for an average band D household.
Cllr Pritchard, who heads up the ruling independent/Conservative coalition, said this year’s budget would see extra funding go into some frontline services.
However, he voiced his frustration at the government’s decision not to implement a funding floor to aid councils with the lowest percentage increase.
He said: “We were extremely disappointed, devastated really, when the announcement was made that we were second lowest in Wales at 2.3 per cent.
“We’ve asked for a floor to be put in place and the floor is there to protect the authorities out of the 22 who have the lowest settlement.
“That’s agreed and supported by every leader across Wales. It always has been and always will be and that’s supported by the WLGA (Welsh Local Government Association).
“Last year, the floor was taken away and we were disappointed.
“This year, the indications are that the minister has said that there’ll be no floor.”
Cllr Pritchard stressed that Wrexham still has one of the lowest council tax rates across Wales and England.
Among the areas which will see increased spending are education and social care.
It comes after inspectors raised significant concerns in relation to both departments.
An extra £3.5m has been earmarked to go into social care, with children’s services a particular area of focus.
He said: “When you look at this budget, what we’re doing is we’re asking for an increase in council tax.
“But the money we’re going to get, we’re going to invest directly in services, which is schools, education and social care.
“I think it’s fantastic what we’ve achieved here, although I am disappointed.
“You might ask why and it’s because we wanted a better settlement.
“If we had a better settlement, we would have reconsidered the council tax settings.”
Executive board members will be asked to approve the council tax rate when they meet on Tuesday (January 26, 2021).