First Minister Carwyn Jones has told AMs that the Welsh Government will get almost no more money as a result of the UK Government's announcement of extra funding for the English NHS. Increases in England lead to matching percentage increases for Wales under the Barnett Formula but Mr Jones said they'd be cancelled out by cuts in other parts of the English health budget. The First Minister dismissed as naïve a call from the Conservative leader for any extra money to be given to the Welsh NHS.
Today the Chancellor has announced £3.8 billion worth of extra money for the English NHS in the next financial year. There will be a Barnett consequential for that uplift. Will you commit to ringfencing that money in the next budget round so that it is put into the Welsh NHS?
Is he saying to us today that there will be a full consequential to Wales as a result of the Comprehensive Spending Review? Because our understanding is entirely different. What was being trailed on the radio this morning is that there will be cuts in public health and medical education and that money will be transferred to the NHS budget. There will be no consequential if that happens. So if he thinks there will be a consequential in those circumstances, I'm afraid his naïvety overtakes his perception.
The First Minister has admitted that the Welsh Government 'got it wrong' when it decided to stop publishing decision reports by cabinet ministers.
The reports had been posted on the Welsh Government website but were discontinued because ministers said very few people read them.
But after an outcry, Carwyn Jones has taken to twitter to announce they'll be reinstated.
Transparency & effective scrutiny of Government decisions is crucial ... 1/2
I've listened to views on Decision Reports - we got it wrong - and I will be reintroducing them 2/2
First Minister Carwyn Jones has condemned the draft Wales Bill, claiming that it would create an English veto on Welsh laws. He said proposed new restrictions on the National Assembly’s ability to legislate would make the devolution settlement more complex and less powerful. Mr Jones made it clear that he would ask the Assembly to refuse legislative consent for the bill as drafted to go ahead.
The Bill contains extensive new requirements for Whitehall to consent to Assembly bills, something which would be both inappropriate in principle, and bureaucratic in practice. They amount to nothing less than an English veto on Welsh laws. In pursuing its legislation, the Assembly would be subject to a new test of necessity which would introduce new areas of legal doubt and uncertainty. If these provisions had been in place during this administration, lawyers advise that less than one third of our Bills could have been passed without the prior approval of the UK Government. What kind of devolution would that be? The draft Bill, which reverses the two unanimous decisions of the Supreme Court in the Byelaws and Agricultural Wages Board cases, proposes a type of reserved powers model which, if implemented, would be a major step backwards for devolution in Wales. Without major improvement, the Bill is a recipe for ever more referrals to the Supreme Court and ever more inter-governmental disputes. That cannot be in the interests of the National Assembly, the Welsh Government or, indeed, the UK Government. The Bill as drafted will not provide the coherent and durable devolution settlement that the people of Wales deserve.
The First Minister has paid tribute to the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Denis Healey, who's died at the age of 98. Carwyn Jones said:
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Denis Healey - a true great of the Labour movement. He continues to inspire and inform our politics today.
Next May's Welsh election will be 'the toughest [Labour] has ever faced' according to the First Minister Carwyn Jones.
The Welsh Labour leader was speaking to the party's UK Conference, the first under new leader Jeremy Corbyn.
He told delegates in Brighton that Labour will face challenges from all sides in the 2016 Assembly election, but he assured them that the party can be proud of its 'secret weapon: a record of delivery.'
I have no doubt whatsoever that the next Welsh General Election will be the toughest we have ever faced.
We slipped back in Wales in May, when we were fighting to win.
Next year the Tories will, of course, out-spend us and will use their Westminster megaphone to once again trash the record of the Welsh NHS.
And there’s danger on the fringes too – the frantic nationalism of UKIP and fantastical nationalism of Plaid Cymru will be competing hard for the votes of the disaffected.
It will be tough.
But, as Welsh Labour, we have a secret weapon. A record of delivery.
Every promise we made, we’ve delivered.