Welsh Govt spending plans

The Welsh Government has outlined £600m of funding for infrastructure projects, which it says will create 11,000 jobs. £62m will be spent on a metro service for South East Wales. The announcement comes after the Draft Budget was published yesterday.

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Welsh Government announces money for housing and transport

The Welsh Government has revealed some of the big-spending capital projects they will focus on in the next 3 years.

One of the key areas was improving transport, with plans to improve the Brynglas tunnels and A55, and £62 million to create a South East Wales metro system.

They have also allocated £170 million to housing - the majority of which will help first time buyers in a Help to Buy scheme.

£38 million will be spent on Health facilities - including building the final phase of Noah's Ark Children's Hospital.

Owain Phillips has a closer look at where the Government's going to be spending its cash.

Plans show the potential of metro network

Plans have been released showing what the South East Wales metro system could potentially look like in the future.

Today the Welsh Government announced £62m for phase one of the scheme to create a metro system and improve bus and rail links

In the long term, the system would offer the potential to travel to various areas in south Wales with proposals including rapid travel in and around Cardiff, new routes between central Cardiff and the north west of the city, and a new light rail system.

This is what the metro system could look like in the future

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£174.5m for 'Help to Buy Cymru' scheme

Among the funding announced by the Welsh Government Finance Minister Jane Hutt this morning is £174.5m for a 'Help to Buy Cymru' scheme, to help people to purchase new build homes.

Housing:

  • £174.5m for Help to Buy Cymru - a new shared equity scheme for Wales to help people to purchase new build homes
  • £20m for the Social Housing Grant - to provide smaller properties to support families who have been displaced as a result of reductions in housing benefit

Transport:

  • £40m for dualing of the A465 between Gilwern and Brynmawr
  • £40m for improvements to the M4 Brynglas Tunnels
  • £17m for improvements to the A55 in North Wales

Others:

  • £38m for health facilities - including the final phase of the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales
  • £6m for Flying Start - to ensure a further 3,000 children and their families benefit
  • £70m for ARBED ECO - a scheme to improve the energy efficiency of Welsh homes focusing on those in fuel poverty

Metro plan aims to connect Cardiff, Newport & Valleys

£175.5m of the Welsh Government's infrastructure investment will go towards transport and flood defences.

It includes £62m for Phase 1 of a new scheme to create a South East Wales metro system through better bus and rail links.

The system could be similar to the Metrolink, which connects the wider Manchester region. Credit: PA

The metro scheme aims to connect Cardiff, Newport and the Valleys as part of a wider city region.

The Welsh Government says it will commence this year.

£3.5m funding is allocated for 2013-14, with £28.7m for 2014-15, and £29.8m for 2015-16.

Welsh Govt: 'we're standing up for Wales'

The Welsh Government Finance Minister is unveiling more than £600m capital investment funding, which Jane Hutt said was "a clear demonstration or our determination to stand up for Wales."

She also called on the UK Government to devolve stamp duty to Wales, and announced £32m to complete the Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales in Cardiff.

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£62m Welsh Govt funding for South East Wales metro

The Welsh Government has announced more than £600m of funding for infrastructure, which it says will create 11,000 jobs.

Finance Minister Jane Hutt says that among the schemes given investment will be a much-talked about metro scheme for South East Wales.

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Welsh Govt to announce funding for major projects

The Welsh Government will announce this morning which major projects it will fund in the coming year.

The Finance Minister Jane Hutt is due to lay out "a substantial package of capital investment", as part of spending proposals for 2014-15.

Jane Hutt will outline the capital allocations from the Draft Budget this morning.

The Draft Budget was unveiled yesterday, with an extra £156m for the health service.

Local authorities and education will see their funding cut.

Watch: Welsh Budget - how will it affect your community?

£20m investment 'to support apprenticeships'

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£100m cuts to pay for NHS increase

At first glance it seems every other Welsh Government department will see its budget cut in order to pay for the increase in spending on the NHS. It adds up to £100m cut for 2014/15. Local government takes the biggest hit, losing £98m from its allocation for 2014/15. The other departmental cuts are:

  • Economy, Science Transport - £26.9m
  • Education and Skills - £77.5m
  • Natural Resources and Food - £22.2m
  • Housing and Regeneration - £6.6m
  • Culture and Sport - £4.3m
  • Central administration - £4.1m
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