Parties clash over what Budget means for Wales

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has called on the Welsh Government to seize the opportunities that he says the Budget has given ministers in Cardiff Bay.

The Chancellor has today set out a powerful package of measures which will help shape Wales’ economy into one that is fit for the future.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns MP

But the Shadow Welsh Secretary, Christina Rees, said it had been a budget of missed opportunities and "callous disregard" for Wales.

Welsh Labour had called on the Chancellor to end austerity and properly fund Welsh Government, enabling further investment in Welsh public services. He failed to do so.

Shadow Welsh Secretary Christina Rees MP
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Christina Rees also said that the UK Government's claim that Wales is getting an extra £1.2 billion is "pure smoke and mirrors". She said much of the money will have to be repaid to the Treasury, and that the real uplift to the Welsh budget is significantly smaller.

But the Welsh Conservatives insisted that there really is more money for Wales.

This is a budget that delivers for Wales, including a welcome £1.2 billion in additional funding.

Shadow Finance Secretary Nick Ramsay AM

Plaid Cymru claimed that Wales had lost out.

In prolonging austerity well into the next decade and sticking to the most economically damaging form of Brexit, the squeeze on living standards will only get worse.

– PLAID CYMRU TREASURY SPOKESPERSON JONATHAN EDWARDS MP

A UKIP spokesperson said the Budget was "a bit of a disappointment" from a Welsh perspective, not least because there was no mention of whether the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon would go ahead.