Finance Committee launches public consultation on Welsh Budget
The Senedd’s Finance Committee is today
launching its public consultation on next year’s Welsh Government Budget
(2021/22). On behalf of the people of Wales, Senedd Committees will be looking
at the priorities and detail in the Budget next year.
The draft Budget comes at a time when
unprecedented amounts of money are being spent on measures to tackle the impact
Over the summer the Finance Committee
held a social media survey to better understand the Welsh public's priorities
for spending and their views on the forthcoming budget in the current climate.
The survey provided useful insight for the Committee before it carries out its
One survey respondent said:
"Education and health are the
obvious priorities, but in a post Covid, post Brexit world, the Welsh
Government needs to direct funding towards the economy if Welsh businesses and
jobs are to survive."
The Welsh Government’s draft Budget
will be presented to Senedd Members in December for scrutiny. The draft budget
is usually published in October, however, this year it will be delayed as the
Welsh Government does not have an indication of the total funding available
until the UK Government publishes funding for Wales.
The Minister for Finance and Trefnydd,
Rebecca Evans MS, has announced that the Welsh Government is planning to
publish both the outline and detailed draft Budgets together on 8 December
2020, and its final Budget on 2 March 2021.
The Finance Committee is looking at the
overall Welsh Government’s budget while other Senedd Committees are looking at
specific departments, or ministerial portfolios in detail.
The Committee wants to hear the views
of people across Wales. Details of how to
participate can be found here.
Llyr Gruffydd MS, Chair of the Finance
“COVID-19 has dramatically impacted on
how the Welsh Government is spending money. Unprecedented amounts are being
spent on our health service and supporting businesses through these challenging
“It is now more important than ever
that Members of the Senedd and the public are involved in the Budget process.
People’s lives, jobs and businesses are dependent on the Welsh Government’s
spending priorities and I hope that as many people as possible will engage with
us and the Committee’s consultation.”