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Welsh Gov strikes budget deal with Plaid

Funding for health, education and Welsh language among concessions

A £210m two-year deal has been struck between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru as part of the draft budget for 2018-19.

Announcing the deal, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Mark Drakeford, said: "We are pleased we have been able to agree this two-year deal with Plaid Cymru, which secures the whole of our Budget.

"This agreement builds on the one reached between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru last year and includes a series of recurrent allocations for the Welsh language, arts, end-of-life care, mental health, higher education and Visit Wales."

The deal includes:

  • 80 new district nurses, £40m for improving mental health services, new investment in medical education in north Wales, an integrated care centre in Cardigan and the re-establishment of perinatal mental health support service in Wales 
  • Investment to boost the economy across Wales including a Brexit Preparedness Fund for businesses, a young farmers entrants scheme, additional money for tourism and a major £30 million investment in a power station for the steel industry 
  • An additional £40m for our universities and colleges, extra money for the National Library, the National Museum and the Welsh Books Council, and £2m to help promote music in schools
  • Investing in important capital investment projects across Wales y including upgrades to the A470 and A487, investment in the development of a third Menai crossing, upgrading the Traws Cymru Service from bus to coach, the removal of the Cleddau Bridge tolls and new commitments by the Welsh Government to explore extending the South Wales Metro to the Rhondda Fach and creating a new Metro for Swansea Bay and the Western Valleys
  • A new push to make Wales "the greenest of all nations" – with 100% rate relief for community hydro schemes, new investment in electric vehicle charging points, a new energy atlas of Wales and a pilot glass and can deposit scheme 
  • £15 extra investment for the Welsh language, including £10m for the Welsh for adults and Welsh promotion, £2m for Mudiad Ysgolion Meitrin, £1m for Welsh medium learning materials and £2m to establish the Arfor economic region.

Plaid's Finance Spokesperson, Adam Price AM, who said an announcement will be soon made on the compact with Welsh Labour, added: “Just 17 months into this Assembly term over 50% of our manifesto’s major spending commitments have now been secured in full or in part – a record for any opposition party.

"Plaid Cymru will continue to force the government to act in the best interests of the people of Wales.”

Commenting on the deal, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies accused Plaid and Labour of "giving up on their political principles on tuition fees, public sector pay and M4 for another cosy backroom deal".

Mark Drakeford will give a statement on the Welsh Government’s draft budget at 2.45pm on Tuesday.

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