Financial Support: Covid-19

Wales – in the House of Commons at on 16 December 2020.

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Photo of David Simmonds David Simmonds Conservative, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

What assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of fiscal support available to the Welsh Government in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Secretary of State for Wales

The Government have provided a record amount of support to the Welsh Government, including a funding guarantee of an additional £5 billion this financial year. The Welsh Government will also receive an additional £1.3 billion next year, including £770 million to tackle covid-19.

Photo of David Simmonds David Simmonds Conservative, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

What further pressure can the Secretary of State bring to bear on Cardiff Bay to ensure that the funding going to the Welsh Government as a consequence of the Barnett consequentials formula finds its way to frontline services and is not absorbed in the bureaucratic costs of the Lib-Lab Government in Cardiff Bay?

Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Secretary of State for Wales

My hon. Friend makes a very interesting point, particularly at a time when the Welsh Government are sitting on over £1 billion of unallocated Barnett funding, and so many businesses and institutions in Wales are crying out for support. As the Under-Secretary of State for Wales, my hon. Friend David T. C. Davies said, we respect the devolution settlement and it is right that we should. However, if people are concerned, they have an opportunity to change this one-party state at the Senedd elections next May.