NDM7206 Welsh Conservatives Debate - Welsh Government Funding

NDM7206 Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Believes that Wales benefits from being part of the United Kingdom.

2. Notes that, as a result of the Fiscal Framework agreed between the Welsh and UK Governments, Wales currently receives £1.20 per head for every £1 spent per head in England on devolved matters.

3. Welcomes the additional £790 million over and above the Welsh block grant which has been committed by the UK Government towards Growth Deals across Wales.

4. Recognises that the funding available for the Welsh Government is at record levels.

5. Calls upon the Welsh Government to:

a) use any additional resources which arise as a result of increased investment on the NHS by the UK Government to improve the Welsh health service;

b) use any additional resources which arise as a result of increased investment on education by the UK Government to improve the Welsh education system;

c) rule out any tax rises or new taxes in Wales between now and the next elections to the National Assembly for Wales.

 

The agreement between the Welsh government and the UK government on the Welsh government’s fiscal framework - December 2016

 

The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

Delete all and replace with:

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Believes that successive Westminster Governments – under both Labour and the Conservatives – have presided over intergenerational poverty and chronic underinvestment in Wales.

2. Believes that having the economic and fiscal levers of an independent country is the key to Wales’s future economic prosperity.

 

[If Amendment 1 is agreed amendment 2 will be de-selected]

Amendment 2 - Rebecca Evans (Gower)

Delete all after point 1 and replace with:

Notes that the Welsh Government successfully negotiated a new needs based factor within the Barnett formula as part of the Fiscal Framework agreement with the UK Government.

Regrets that the UK Government often invests less than the Welsh Government in important non-devolved areas of responsibility across Wales including rail infrastructure and digital connectivity.

Notes that the UK Government’s one year spending round leaves the Welsh Government £300m worse off in real terms compared with 2010-11 and condemns a decade of unjust, UK imposed austerity.

Notes that despite the pressures caused by austerity, the Country and Regional Analysis November 2019 statistics shows that in Wales:

a) spending per person on health and social services was the highest of the four UK countries and 11 per cent higher than in England;

b) spending per person on education was 6 per cent higher than spending per person in England.

Notes the Welsh Government’s commitment to not increase Welsh rates of Income Tax during this Assembly term.

Country and Regional Analysis November 2019 statistics

 

Business type: Debate

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 04/06/2021

Decision due: 27 Nov 2019 by Plenary - Fifth Senedd

Lead member: Darren Millar MS