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Pressure on Welsh Government to do more on business rates

The Treasury's released the Budget details in its 'red book'. Credit: HM Treasury

There's been instant pressure from Welsh Conservative MPs for the Welsh Government to do more about business rate relief.

But the Welsh Government is expected to argue that they have already committed the money they'll receive as a result of the business rate measures announced for England today.

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford is pointing out that it's up to the Welsh Government to decide how any extra money is spent.

The Treasury has now released the detailed report, know as the Red Book, which supports todays Budget speech. It reveals that the Welsh Government is expected to get £15 billion from the Treasury 2017/18. That's £200 million more than was planned for the same financial year in George Osborne's last Budget.

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