Plans for the new Wales rail franchise include potentially cheaper alternatives to the present electrification scheme for the Valley lines.Read the full story ›
A new forum, meeting for the first time today, gives the Welsh Government a formal role in Brexit, says the UK minister in charge.Read the full story ›
Plaid Cymru is calling for the Welsh Assembly to pass a bill that would keep in force after Brexit all EU laws and regulations affecting devolved matters. The party argues that the UK Government's plan for similar legislation would undermine devolution by giving powers over the environment, jobs and the economy to Whitehall, not Cardiff Bay.
Wales needs an EU Continuity Bill to enshrine all existing EU regulations into Welsh law. This will ensure that the standards we value, like environmental protections, food standards, and the rights we have come to take for granted as EU citizens, continue to apply to Wales after Brexit. It will also stop the Conservatives’ EU Repeal Bill turning into a Westminster power-grab over already devolved matters.
Plaid say they will talk to the Welsh Government about their proposal but they claim to be frustrated by a lack of clarity on Brexit from Carwyn Jones and his ministers.
The Counsel General will ask the Supreme Court to hear the Welsh Government's arguments for dismissing the UK Government's Brexit appeal.Read the full story ›
The Welsh Government is giving an extra £68.4 million to the health boards serving north and west Wales. Both Betsi Cadwaladr and Hywel Dda University Health Boards were on course to overspend their budgets before the end of the financial year. The Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford, says the money will be found from the Welsh Government's reserves.
After a review of our financial position I am able to confirm the first further transfer from those reserves. I will allocate an additional £68.4 million revenue to the Health, Wellbeing and Sport portfolio. This funding will address the overspends being forecast by Betsi Cadwaladr and Hywel Dda University Health Boards in the current financial year.
Both organisations are being managed through the Welsh Government’s escalation and intervention framework, and are expected to deliver to their agreed operational plans.
In the main section of the budget, covering £13.5 billion of the £15 billion total, spending will change as follows next year:
- Health £7.04 billion (+2.5%)
- Local Government £4.32 billion (-1.5%)
- Communities & Children £0.37 billion (+1.9%)
- Economy & Infrastructure £0.78 billion (+8.6%)
- Education £1.49 billion (+1.3%)
- Environment & Rural Affairs £0.28 billion (+0.3%)
- Central Services & Administration £0.28 billion (-9.7%)
Percentage cuts and increases have been adjusted for inflation. These figures do not include capital expenditure and over £1 billion of demand-led expenditure.
Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas has told ITV News why he resigned from Plaid Cymru.
The former leader was frank in criticism of what he saw as Plaid Cymru's failure to respond "sufficiently strongly" to the challenges of Brexit - and has not ruled out joining the Welsh Government.
The Treasury has agreed to take on the cost of EU aid spending approved by the Welsh Government in the period between Brexit and 2020.Read the full story ›
A report by Cardiff University says the Welsh Government could increase revenue by cutting taxes - once the powers are devolved to Wales.Read the full story ›