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