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Welsh Government budget: Where is the money going?

The Welsh Government has changed direction on funding the health service. After a series of below inflation increases, the NHS will get an extra £425 million over two years.

It's an above inflation increase, worth an extra 3.2 percent next year. The Welsh Government says it will enable the NHS to transform its services.

But there are further cuts for local councils. Though there's extra money for schools, following a deal between Labour and the Liberal Democrats to get the budget passed.

Our political reporter, Owain Phillips, has been looking at what the budget could mean for the services we all rely on.

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Aldi warehouse to create 400 jobs in Cardiff

The warehouse will create around 400 jobs Credit: PA

Discount supermarket chain Aldi says it plans to create 400 jobs at a new warehouse being built on the outskirts of Cardiff.

The council has given the go ahead for a distribution centre to be built at Capital Business Park in Wentloog.

The plan is for a 42,000 square metre warehouse, offices and loading bays.

We are delighted that Cardiff Council has approved our plans to open a new Regional Distribution Centre, we are working closely with the local authority to invest in the area and create around 400 new jobs.

– Aldi spokesperson

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"Too little, too late" for NHS say Tories

The Welsh Conservatives claim that the extra money for the NHS in the Welsh budget fails to make up for the cutbacks already imposed on the health service. They also criticised the Liberal Democrats for agreeing to support the Welsh Government's spending proposals.

With shallow promises the Lib Dems are propping up a discredited Labour government, which has run down our NHS and whose incompetent bungling has seen Wales dragging along the bottom of UK league tables in school and economic performance.

The Lib Dems have caved in for less than three quarters of 1% of the Welsh Government’s £15billion annual budget, with shameless commitments, many of which were already in progress, in an attempt to aid their dire electoral prospects.

The Lib Dems have agreed to be Labour’s voting fodder until the next Assembly elections, when voters will cast their judgement on a decade and a half of Labour failure, dithering and underachievement.

– shadow Finance Minister Nick Ramsay AM

Whilst any additional cash for the NHS is to be welcomed this investment is a far cry from the record-breaking amounts that Welsh Labour has cut from the health budget in recent years. It is also too little too late for those who have seen their local hospitals and services closed or downgraded in recent years.

Under Labour, waiting times in Wales have skyrocketed, cancer patients are denied life transforming drugs, our ambulance service is in chaos and our emergency departments haven't met their targets for more than 5 years.

– Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar AM

Budget "short-sighted" say Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru has claimed that the Welsh Government's budget proposals for 2015-2016 will create long term problems for the NHS. Plaid have been involved in previous budget deals but refused to negotiate with Labour this year in protest at the plans for an M4 relief road around Newport. The new budget is backed by the Liberal Democrats who also oppose the road scheme. It includes money for design work on the new motorway but if goes ahead, construction work won't start until after the 2016 Assembly election.

Today’s short-sighted budget from the Welsh Government delivers a vicious blow for the services that we rely on. The UK Government’s determination to shrink public services is being continued by the Labour Government in Wales. The Labour party is doing the Tories’ dirty work for them.

Protecting the health budget without protecting the social services that support them is short-sighted, and scaling back social care will only put more pressure on health services in the long run.

Plaid Cymru took the conscious decision to withdraw from budget negotiations because the Welsh Government committed this government, and many governments to come, to the flawed and expensive £1 billion M4 scheme when there were better options available.

The Labour government’s failure to manage budgets has meant that it has been living hand-to-mouth for many years, and this budget is a continuation of that theme.

– Plaid Cymru Finance Spokesperson Alun Ffred Jones AM

Extra NHS money will close funding gap claims minister

Finance Minister Jane Hutt has told AMs that there will be an extra £425 million of extra funding for the NHS over this year and next. She said the additional investment responds "completely and fully" to the funding gap identified by the Nuffield Trust in a report commissioned by the Welsh Government. The Minister said the money would support the NHS "in making the changes it needs to make". She added that although local government would face cuts, councils would not face the same draconian decisions as in England. They would also receive an extra £10 million for social services.

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