£160m boost for Welsh public services

Welsh local authorities will receive an additional £20 million in 2018-19 and £40 million in 2019-20 to support local services, Mark Drakeford has announced.

The Welsh Finance Secretary revealed the final local government settlement, and also announced that an additional £50 million a year will be allocated to the Welsh NHS in 2018-19 and 2019-20 to support the ongoing transformation of services, primary care and the Integrated Care Fund.

The Finance Secretary will announce early decisions about additional capital funding allocations in the spring.

Drakeford said: “The final Budget marks a significant milestone in Wales’ devolution journey as, for the first time, Wales becomes responsible for raising a proportion of its own revenue from 2 new devolved taxes to spend on public services. I am pleased to be able to provide additional funding for public services – areas we know need extra support. This funding will help to ease some of the pressures on frontline public services, which have been struggling to cope as a result of the successive cuts to our budget, which we have experienced since 2010-11 thanks to the UK government’s programme of austerity.”

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