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Welsh Government Draft Budget, 04/10/11 [W]

The Welsh Government’s spending plans for the next three years were announced by Finance Minister Jane Hutt today.

The Budget will support the Programme for Government announced last week. The supporting Draft Budget Narrative emphasises the importance of jobs, growth and capital investment in this year’s plans, and the context of budget constraints at a time of real-terms cuts of £430million since 2010-11.

Key measures in the Budget include:

  • £75 million invested over the next three years in our new Jobs Growth Wales scheme that will help 4,000 young people every year through tailored training and employment opportunities;
  • £55 million to extend the successful Flying Start scheme which will help an additional 18,000 children;
  • an extra £27 million for schools in 2014/15, which means school budgets will continue to grow faster than the overall Welsh budget;
  • an extra £288 million to be invested into the NHS in Wales over the next three years;
  • additional investment to recruit 500 new Police Community Support Officers across Wales

This budget will now be scrutinised by the National Assembly for Wales.

The Draft Budget, accompanying narrative and expenditure allocations are available in full on the Welsh Government website.