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Campaigners to visit site of proposed gas drilling

'Fracking' is the term used for the process of extracting natural gas from the earth Credit: ITV News

Campaigners against plans to test drill for gas on a site near the village of Llantrithyd in the Vale of Glamorgan will today meet with Jane Hutt, the Assembly Member for the Vale of Glamorgan.

Plans have been put forward to test drill on agricultural land on the Bonvilston to Llancadle road. It's just one of a number of sites being considered by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Jane Hutt AM, who has given her support to local campaigners, will today visit the proposed site.


Budget increase 'not extra money' - Finance Minister

As part of her attack on UK Government spending cuts, Finance Minister Jane Hutt has dismissed as 'not extra money' an increase of £161m in capital funding which was announced in the Chancellor's recent budget.

The £161m in additional capital spending announced by the UK Government is not extra money we can use to spend on our priorities – it’s being given to us with one hand, and taken back by the other. It also has strings attached. It can only be used for loans or equity investment – and a proportion will have to be repaid.

The Welsh Government is already doing all it can to boost the resources available for infrastructure investment to stimulate the economy, but we need the UK Government to play its part.

– Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister

We want to see the Welsh economy returned to full strength. Last week’s Budget will not make that task any easier.

– Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister

Services in Wales will be hit - Finance Minister

Finance Minister Jane Hutt says services here in Wales will be put under 'considerable pressure' by a range of cuts which she says will lead to the 'most challenging years since devolution.'

The cuts following last week’s Budget are a real blow and will place our crucial public services under further pressure. They will also have a real impact on our ability to shield Wales from the accumulative effects of the UK Government’s spending cuts, welfare reforms, legal aid cuts and cuts to Wales’ European structural funds budget.

“Between 1999 and 2010, we saw steady increases in our Budget. Since then, we have seen year-on-year cuts in real terms.

The Chancellor’s Budget – which cuts our Budget even further - will add considerable pressure to public services this year and even more pressure next year. This means the next few years will be the most challenging since devolution.

– Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister


Budget cut a high price to pay - Welsh Government

Welsh Finance Minister Jane Hutt says that although the Chancellor's budget gives the Welsh Government more money for capital projects, it takes away money for other spending. She says it will mean Welsh ministers will have to find further savings.

This is a disappointing Budget for Wales. We have repeatedly called on the UK Government to boost infrastructure investment to stimulate the economy. In response they have reduced our revenue budget - these revenue cuts are on top of those in last year's Autumn Statement. In total we will now have to find savings of £32 m in 2013/14 and £81 m in 2014/15.

The price for additional capital investment is high and will be paid for by cuts to our revenue for the next two years. This is a real blow and will place our crucial public services under further pressure.

– Jane Hutt AM, Finance Minister

Welsh Budget 'delivers significant cuts' - Plaid

This is the second budget which delivers significant cuts to key services. Against this background of cuts we believe that the Welsh Government should be doing more to invest in the Welsh economy by using innovative schemes such as Build4Wales to invest in schools, roads and hospitals. We also want to see the Welsh Government doing more to target youth unemployment, which has increased dramatically over recent years. We don’t want another lost generation as happened in the 1980s under Thatcher.**

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