The numbers in the Chancellor's statement show a far weaker economic picture than the government had hoped for and some heroic assumptions.
George Osborne has this lunchtime delivered his Autumn statement. Set out below is a brief summary of the impacts it will have on Wales.
Welsh politicians are watching closely as George Osborne's latest spending plans are unveiled
Angry parents have staged a demonstration at the headquarters of Rhondda Cynon Taff council over plans to cut the amount of time that children spend at school nursery classes. The move is one option being considered by councillors who have to save £56m.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is set to face an estimated budget gap of 'at least' £56m over the next four years.
The first phase of tough decisions to bridge the Council’s funding gap is being considered by Cabinet today at 4pm.
RCT says it will consider a range of options to bridge the funding gap and whether it should initiate a consultation on those proposals.
Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Anthony Christopher said, "This really is an Armageddon scenario for local government which will have a severe impact on local services. No community in our area will be left unaffected during these difficult times."
The cuts to be considered today include: nursery provision, meals-on-wheels, youth services and libraries.
Protests are expected to take place when the cabinet meets.
First Minister Carwyn Jones has repeated his warning that next month's supplementary budget will include further spending cuts. During his monthly press conference he said 'we cannot exclude in-year budget cuts this year.'
He also said that his cabinet had agreed to protect health, schools, universal benefits and job creation but that ministers are reconsidering everything else the Welsh Government spends money:
Responding to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement, the First Minister Carwyn Jones welcomed the extra capital funding but warned that Wales still faces some very difficult spending decisions.
– First Minister Carwyn Jones
It is good to see the UK Government have listened to our call for extra infrastructure investment – we have been pressing the case for some time and are pleased that they have responded.
Despite this extra money, it must be remembered that our capital budget in 2014-15 will still be 39% lower in real terms than it was in 2009-10. The fact is we will still be experiencing deep cuts that will only hinder us in our attempts to boost economic growth.
The reality of this Autumn Statement is Wales is still facing a very tough public spending environment for years to come
Shadow Welsh Secretary has criticised George Osborne's spending announcements as 'smoke and mirrors' disguising cuts which will hit low-earners in Wales hardest. He gave his reaction to our Political Editor Adrian Masters.
Plaid Cymru's Treasury spokesman, Jonathan Edwards, says the Autumn Statement represents an admission that the Chancellor's 'austerity experiment' has failed. He said:
This Autumn Statement is a humiliating climb-down for a Chancellor in denial who is now being forced to admit the failure of his austerity experiment.
Missed debt and deficit targets coupled with the OBR’s downgrading of forecasts have exposed the Chancellor’s lack of a long-term strategy for growth and he is now presented with a golden opportunity to reverse the downward spiral which is rapidly leading to increased and institutionalised poverty and unemployment.
Mr Edwards went on to criticise as 'self-defeating' the decision to fund extra money for capital projects by cutting the budgets of nearly every Whitehall department.
The announcement on capital investment is also to be welcomed, but for this to be funded via extra austerity will be self-defeating. We also have grave concerns over the introduction of regional pay for teachers – a deeply damaging policy that The Party of Wales warned against in our 2011 manifesto.**
Welsh Secretary David Jones has been telling our Political Editor Adrian Masters that the Chancellor has given the Welsh Government exactly what it asked for in his Autumn statement. He said he hoped Welsh Ministers would spend the money on improving transport links across Wales.
And he rejected the suggestion that a reduction in the main budget for Wales meant the UK Government was giving with one hand and taking away with the other. He described it as 'a marginal reduction.'
ITV Wales Political Editor, Adrian Masters, says six hundred and forty thousand pensioners in Wales will benefit from an increase in basic state pensions.
The increase has just been announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.
Also as a result of spending in England the Welsh Government is set to receive an extra £52 million according to the Wales Office.