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The Welsh Government says it'll continue and increase the pupil deprivation grant agreed with the Liberal Democrats last year and will look at other proposals put forward by the party during negotiations. A spokesman said:
Plaid Cymru has reached a deal with the Welsh Government, which means the party will not oppose this year's budget. It says it will secure the creation of thousands of apprenticeships and jobs, with £40million over two years for apprenticeships, which could attract £20 million of EU funding.
There will also be a £10 million investment in a science park led by Bangor University in collaboration with Aberystwyth University. Again it's hoped there will also be EU and private sector investment.
Last year, Plaid Cymru made little headway in its budget talks with Labour and the Government eventually did a deal with the Liberal Democrats, who secured the payment of a pupil deprivation grant. The grant will continue next year.
I'm hearing that a deal has been done between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru which would enable Labour to get its spending plans through the Assembly. More details when I get them.
In response to the warning about the Welsh Government's spending plans from the Assembly's Finance Committee Shadow Finance Minister Paul Davies said:
Members of the Assembly's Finance Committee say they're not convinced the Welsh Government will be able to afford its spending plans for the next financial year.
The AMs single out health spending as the major area of concern. They say they believe local health boards will overspend and money will have to be taken from other areas to meet the shortfalls. And they criticise 'an apparent lack of preparation' to work out where that money could come from.
The committee's chair, Jocelyn Davies AM said: