Welsh Assembly Government Budget - big ideas, little detail

Posted on: Friday, 19 November 2010 by Toby Carroll in categories Media and campaigns, Wales

At the same time that people in Scotland were learning the fate of key projects of interest from the Scottish Government, their counterparts in Wales were discovering the short-term economic future in their own devolved areas, as the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) published its own budgetary plans for the next three years.

Unsurprisingly, for anyone seeking significant public sector investment, it was an uncomfortable afternoon. There were projected reductions in spending almost across the entire machinery of Government, with Ieuan Wyn Jones, the Minister responsible for economy and transport (amongst other things) not sparing his own Department from the axe.

The revenue budget for the Department will fall by over £10 million by the 2013-14 financial year, and the capital budget by £116.5m over the same period. It is highly unlikely that this will be done without cancellations to projects FTA members in Wales hold dear.

However, beyond a commitment to roughly proportionate reductions in transport spend, there is basically no detail, unlike the Scottish draft Budget which details certain key projects that will be funded and thereby implies further ones which won’t survive the budgetary contraction.

The draft Budget now goes through a period of parliamentary scrutiny, and FTA will be urging AMs and the Welsh Assembly Government to ensure that the main trade routes into, through and out of Wales are prioritised.

We remain disappointed that the budget does not recognise the freight industry or the importance of a robust supply chain in its announcement.

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