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Budget to build stronger, fairer, greener Wales
Welsh Government Finance Minister Rebecca Evans has today announced a three year budget to “support the Wales of today and shape the Wales of tomorrow.”
Green investment to tackle climate and nature emergency
Investment to tackle the climate and nature emergency will be at the heart of the Welsh Government’s budget, published later today.
Council tax reform planned
Welsh Government Finance and Local Government Minister Rebecca Evans has announced plans for a consultation next year on an ambitious package of council tax reforms.
£51m support fund to help families hardest hit by cost-of-living crisis
A new £51m package of support will help families facing the cost-of-living crisis to pay their bills this winter, Welsh Ministers announced today.
The Welsh Government is releasing extra funding from its reserves to target support towards lower income households, providing immediate support for people facing rising living costs this winter.
The first phase of the Household Support Fund will target heating and eating – providing families with extra help to pay their energy bills over the winter and giving extra funding to foodbanks and community food schemes.
It comes as the UK Government has refused to reverse the cut of its £20 Universal Credit lifeline for tens of thousands of families and the Bank of England is warning inflation will rise to 5% by the spring, pushing prices even higher.
Spending Review leaves “gaps in funding” for Wales
Finance Minister Rebecca Evans has said the UK Government’s Spending Review and autumn Budget contains “clear gaps in funding” where Westminster has failed to invest in Wales.
Devolution of tax process is not fit for purpose – Finance Minister
Finance and Local Government Minister Rebecca Evans is calling on the UK Government to revise the process for agreeing devolved tax powers, following delays in getting powers for a vacant land tax.
Long-term funding call to make Wales’ coal tips safe
The UK Government should use this autumn’s Spending Review to share responsibility and allocate long-term funding to make Wales’ coal tips safe, Finance and Local Government Minister Rebecca Evans has said.
Have your say on local taxes on second homes and holiday lets
Views are being sought on potential changes to local taxes which could be used by local authorities to tackle the effects that large numbers of second homes and commercial holiday lets can have in some parts of Wales.
Self-isolation support payment increased to £750
Following changes to the policy on self-isolation, the Welsh Government’s self-isolation support scheme will increase from £500 to £750.
Voting in supermarkets and secondary schools proposed to boost voter turnout
People could be able to elect their local councillors as they finish lessons or as part of their weekly shop, as part of efforts to make voting easier.
Environmental projects benefit from taxes raised and spent in Wales
Finance and Local Government Minister Rebecca Evans visited a historic garden in Carmarthenshire to see how the project has used funding from the Landfill Disposals Tax to develop the site and increase biodiversity.
"UK Ministers must respect devolution" - Scottish and Welsh Governments call for fair funding
The UK Government will undermine devolution if they establish freeports in Scotland and Wales without reaching agreement with devolved governments, according to Scottish and Welsh Ministers.