Gerald Jones MP

Putting Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney at the Heart of Parliament

Spring Statement 2018

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Earlier today I questioned the Chancellor on his Spring Statement. I said:

Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney): The Conservatives have cut the Welsh Government’s budget by around £1 billion a year since 2010, and the knock-on impact on public services in Wales and on Welsh local government’s ability to deliver key services has been huge. Will the Chancellor apologise for the failed Tory austerity that has caused so much damage to public services in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney and across the UK? Given his outlining of a rosy picture, will he set out his plan to adequately fund the public services on which many people rely?

Phillip Hammond (Chancellor of the Exchequer): I do not have the figures to hand, but if my memory serves me correctly, I was able to confirm at the Budget last year that Wales will receive over £1 billion of additional funding, including as a result of changes to the agreed formula. So funding is not down, but up. The failure of services in Wales, mainly in the Welsh health service, that we regularly catalogue across the Dispatch Box is a result of decisions made and priorities set by the Welsh Government, not the UK Government.

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