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What should the Welsh Government spend £15.9bn on?


A National Assembly for Wales committee is asking people what they think the Welsh Government should spend its £15.9 billion budget on in the next financial year.
The Finance Committee will be considering the Welsh Government’s draft budget and whether or not it can deliver the government’s priorities in 2016-17.
In particular the Committee will be looking at issues including:
  • The Welsh Government’s preparation for powers devolved under the forthcoming Wales Bill;
  • Money allocated to Local Health Boards to run hospitals, GP surgeries and other health services; and,
  • Welsh Government policies to reduce poverty and mitigate welfare reform.

The Committee will also be asking what the impact of the 2015-16 budget has been, and how financially prepared are organisations that receive government funding for the new financial year.

“£15.9 billion is a lot of money, but getting the absolute most out of it is a difficult job for the Welsh Government to do,” said Jocelyn Davies AM, Chair of the Finance Committee.

“We will be looking at the impact of this year’s budget, what preparations the Welsh Government is making for possible powers and responsibilities to be devolved through the Wales Bill, how the government is tackling poverty, and how local health boards intend to use the extra they get to improve the services in their areas.”

The closing date for the Committee’s consultation is 7 January 2016.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the inquiry can email, or write to: Clerk to the Finance Committee, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA.

More information about the Finance Committee.

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