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Welsh Government announce an extra £160 million for NHS and councils

20/12/17
Welsh Government announce an extra £160 million for NHS and councils
An extra £160 million will be made available to local councils and the NHS in Wales over the next two years, as unveiled as part of the Welsh government’s final budget for 2018 -2019.

It is the first budget from the Welsh assembly that includes its very own tax raising powers as well as a number of other additions since it was first drafted in October. On top of the extra funding for local councils and health services, there will also be an extra £10 million to keep university fees at £9,000 and an extra £2 million to provide electric car charging points.

Councils are set to receive an extra £20 million in 2018-2019 and £40 million in 2019-20, while the NHS will benefit from an extra £100 million over the same period. Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said that the Welsh Government’s final budget – ‘A New Budget for Wales’ – sets out how funds will be allocated “to support the priorities in our national strategy Prosperity for All”.

He said that further financial allocations will be added in the spring. “I am publishing the final budget during recess in order to provide the earliest indication to AMs and delivery partners about budgets for the next financial year,” he explained. “Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Assembly returns I would be happy to do so.” 

The extra funding confirmed in the final draft is on top of the £3.3 billion earmarked for councils in October’s original budget.

The original budget outlined more than £15 billion of spending for public services in Wales.  Investments included in the first draft included a new £50 million railway station in Llanwern, with plans to borrow £375 million over the next three years.

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