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‘Priorities for Wales’ Budget – Extra £425m for the Welsh NHS

Mark Drakeford AM, today welcomed the Welsh Labour Government’s budget for next year which he says clearly reflects the priorities of the people of Cardiff West. Jane Hutt, Minister for Finance & Government Business, announced £425m of extra funding for the Welsh NHS over two years. This is despite the unprecedented budget cuts imposed by the Tory-led UK Government, which will see the Welsh 2015-16 Budget £1.5bn lower in real terms than in 2010-11. The Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to education means that the budget protects schools’ funding and continues to support the hugely successful Jobs Growth Wales scheme Mark said: "This is a budget that reflects the priorities of people in Cardiff West that recognises the high regard in which they hold our National Health Service." "It is of course a difficult budget – the massive cuts made to the Welsh budget by the Tories in Westminster obviously have an impact. However, our priorities are different and we are protecting the services that matter most to people." "I am also delighted that we continue to provide support to the excellent and ground breaking Jobs Growth Wales Scheme." "The people of Wales can see first-hand that this Labour Government is on their side." Announcements Read more [...]

£425m ychwanegol i GIG Cymru yng Nghyllideb ‘Blaenoriaethau i Gymru’ 2015-16

Wrth gyflwyno Cyllideb Ddrafft ‘Blaenoriaethau i Gymru’, heddiw cyhoeddodd Jane Hutt, y Gweinidog Cyllid a Busnes y Llywodraeth, gyllid ychwanegol o £425m i GIG Cymru yn y flwyddyn hon a’r flwyddyn nesaf er mwyn darparu gwasanaethau iechyd cynaliadwy o ansawdd uchel. Er gwaetha’r toriadau cyllideb digynsail gan Lywodraeth y DU, sy’n golygu y bydd Cyllideb Cymru yn 2015-16 £1.5bn yn is mewn termau real nag yn 2010-11, mae’r Llywodraeth wedi parhau i ganolbwyntio ar ei blaenoriaethau i Gymru. Daw’r cyllid ychwanegol i’r GIG mewn ymateb i adroddiad Nuffield, a ddaeth i’r casgliad y bydd y GIG yn parhau i fod yn fforddiadwy yng Nghymru yn y dyfodol os bydd yn parhau i ddiwygio ac ad-drefnu gwasanaethau. Mae mesurau atal problemau ac ymyrraeth gynnar wrth wraidd y cynlluniau gwariant – gan gyfeirio adnoddau at fesurau sy’n helpu i osgoi problemau rhag codi i ddechrau, ac ymyriadau a fydd yn mynd i’r afael â’r pwysau ar wasanaethau cyhoeddus ac yn sicrhau ansawdd bywyd gwell i genedlaethau’r presennol a’r dyfodol. Bydd awdurdodau lleol yn cael £10m ychwanegol i gydnabod yr heriau y mae gwasanaethau cymdeithasol yn eu hwynebu, gan dynnu sylw at y berthynas bwysig rhwng llywodraeth leol a’r gwasanaeth Read more [...]

Open for Business – and cut business rates bill by half

Businesses throughout Wales are being urged to take advantage of a rates relief scheme that could cut their rates bill by half – and help bring empty properties back into use. The Open for Business rates relief scheme is funded by the Welsh Government and administered by every local authority in Wales. It provides up to 50% relief on business rates for a year for businesses that move into properties that have been empty for twelve months or longer. Businesses only have six months to take advantage of this scheme as the cut off date is March 31 2015. Eligible applicants need to have taken occupation of their new premises before or by March 31 2015. Economy Minister Edwina Hart said: "The Open for Business programme can provide a real financial boost for businesses thinking of moving into long term vacant retail premises while also providing a safety net to help small business start- ups in their first year of trading. "The Welsh Government initiative is specifically geared to support business in Wales’s town centres and shopping areas and forms part of a wider package of support to help develop vibrant and sustainable shopping areas in our cities, towns and villages in both urban and rural areas of Wales. "There is a six month Read more [...]