Welsh government agree Budget plans

The Welsh government and Plaid Cymru have agreed a two-year, £210 million Budget agreement, which includes a £40 million boost for mental health.

The finance deal also includes ensuring no cuts to the Supporting People grant, £15 million to improve vital north and south road links, an extra £20 million-a-year for higher and further education and additional funding for Wales to deal with the impact of Brexit.

Mark Drakeford said: “We are pleased we have been able to agree this two-year deal with Plaid Cymru, which secures the whole of our Budget. This agreement builds on the one reached between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru last year and includes a series of recurrent allocations for the Welsh language, arts, end-of-life-care, mental health, higher education and Visit Wales.

“We have also been able to agree capital funding to take forward the new integrated healthcare centre in Cardigan and the results of the feasibility studies into a national art gallery and football museum in North Wales, which were agreed as part of last year’s agreement.”

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