The Welsh Government's spending plans have been criticised for not fulfilling its own priorities. A report by a cross-party group of Assembly Members says that, while the Welsh Government described its draft budget as a 'budget for jobs', in fact more spending was being targetted at health services.
Members of the Labour party which forms the Welsh Government are amongst the members of the Finance Committee which has published the report. It calls for government priorities to be 'more clearly reflected and highlighted in budget proposals.' The Committee's Chair, Jocelyn Davies, says:
The draft budget put forward by the Welsh Government appears at odds with its own stated priority of ‘jobs and growth.'
The Committee recognises the reasoning for such a decision by the Finance Minister but believes that a government’s priorities and budgets should be more closely aligned.
– Jocelyn Davies AM, Chair of the Finance Committee
We are also concerned at the lack of financial information about laws which have already been passed or which will be coming forward over the next year.
The Committee is aware that more and more legislation is on the horizon and we believe it is critical that the Welsh Government makes every effort to budget for the implementation of these laws.