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Tories describe Labour and Plaid Cymru's budget agreement as 'cosy backroom' deal

Andrew RT Davies Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images

The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, has described the budget agreement between Labour and Plaid Cymru as a 'cosy backroom' deal:

"This budget deal is the latest charade in the Plaid-Labour love-affair and significantly sees both parties break a number of election promises to the people of Wales.

– Andrew RT Davies, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives

The £210m budget agreement includes protecting the Supporting People Programme from cuts and an additional £40m for mental health funding over two years. There'll also be £15m for improving north-south links on the A487 and A470 and £3m to develop plans for a third Menai crossing. £2m will go on ending the Cleddau Bridge tolls -currently 75p for a car- but not until 2019/20.

Other aspects of the budget deal include:

  • an extra £20m a year for higher and further education
  • £6m for a young farmers' grant scheme over two years
  • additional funding for the Welsh language
  • a £7m development fund for undergraduate medical training in north Wales
  • £2m to remove the tolls on the Cleddau bridge in Pembrokeshire in 2019-20
  • £3m to support the design and development of a third Menai bridge crossing
  • a further £2m for the secretariat and investment support for a new 'Arfor' economic region in west Wales
  • extra money for the National Library, the National Museum and the Welsh Books Council
  • £2m to help promote music in our schools.

The first stage of the draft Welsh Government budget will be published on Tuesday.

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