AMs 'unconvinced' Welsh Government can afford its plans

Members of the Assembly's Finance Committee say they're not convinced the Welsh Government will be able to afford its spending plans for the next financial year.

The AMs single out health spending as the major area of concern. They say they believe local health boards will overspend and money will have to be taken from other areas to meet the shortfalls. And they criticise 'an apparent lack of preparation' to work out where that money could come from.

The committee's chair, Jocelyn Davies AM said:

The Committee is not convinced this draft budget can cover everything that the Welsh Government wants to achieve in the next financial year.

Of particular concern is the evidence which suggests that Wales’s Local Health Boards will not come in on target this year and we believe further consideration should be given to what areas and departments will be squeezed if and when budgets get tight.

We also wish to see greater clarification on the scale of costs for implementing future legislation for local authorities as currently there appears to be a large discrepancy between Welsh Government and local authority estimates.

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