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Boris Johnson to take away Wales’ power over health and social care funding

07 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Boris Johnson at the House of Commons.

Boris Johnson is taking power away from the Welsh Government over health and social care funding.

The Tory Prime Minister has announced Wales will receive a share of extra money from a UK-wide hike of 1.25% in National Insurance.

But in a significant change of the devolution settlement, the additional money from the hike will legally have to be spent in the way the Westminster government decides.

Johnson told the House of Commons: “While Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own systems, we will direct money raised through the levy to their health and care services.”

He also said: “I can confirm that both Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be getting an increment.

“It is up to those parts of the country to ensure that is spent on the people’s priorities, and I believe the people’s priorities are health and social care.”

‘Mitts off’ 

Ian Blackford, the SNP’s leader in Westminster said: “Health is devolved to the Scottish government, the Prime Minister can get his mitts off our health system.”

Wales, Scotland and Northern would share £2.2bn a year between them, according to Boris Johnson.

A UK government source told the BBC that Wales would benefit get an extra £700m by 2024-25.

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Stuart Cane
Stuart Cane
14 days ago

This is just political anti-devolution posturing from Johnson, pretending that he has more control over Wales than he does. At least he’s putting a massive union jack on the tax office in Cardiff to remind us that our taxes are all being sent over Offa’s Dyke before being generously handed back to us.

Jones2004
Jones2004
14 days ago

While the sentiment is dangerous it surely won’t make much practical difference. If the WG have to spend this £800m on the NHS, they surely will be able to just move a different £800m to another budget (not that it’s likely they will).

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
14 days ago
Reply to  Jones2004

Although correct, there are ways and means to move monies from one area to another, Wales shouldn’t be intimidated & threatened to jump to the English tune.

The Tories are going to regret this centrist power-grab , especially in Scotland. No amount of posturing will alter Scottish minds, who as I speak, are ramping up plans for another Indy2 to freedom. And it’s only time when Wales follows suit or be forever England’s water tank & fool to exploit.

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Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
13 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Deffrwch Cymry 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
14 days ago

This is an undemocratic act and an attack of Welsh devolution by Conservative fascists in London. I’d advise the Welsh Government take this hostile Tory idiocracy the Supreme Court and challenge their overt power-grab. These are the same clowns that said the EU were diktats who foisted rules & regulations on Britain that stole our powers & sovereignty. The irony. I’ve said this over the years fighting for Wales & Welsh independence, that if Boris Johnson had his way he’d happily flood more Welsh Valleys for English water consumption in the SE. He said so as London Mayor. We have… Read more »

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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
14 days ago

You are so wrong. Typical reply from a Unionist to say Scotland is a kept country. Say the same when they become independent in 2023 and little England starts collapsing around your ears.

William-Glyn THOMAS
William-Glyn THOMAS
14 days ago

He needs to watch out for his own health and safety. Someone is going to lose patience and book him a left hook and a place in an ambulance.

Charles L. Gallagher
Charles L. Gallagher
14 days ago

William-Glyn. Or he could suffer from a terminal attack of ‘lead poisoning, LOL.

Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
14 days ago

For how much longer will Mark Drakeford accept these attacks on our devolution settlement without a struggle?

Gareth Parry
Gareth Parry
14 days ago

Time for Mark Drakeford to take a leaf from Scotland and accelerate a unified health and social care service, and raise the cap on capital to Englands level, the Llandudno / Rhos on Sea area for example is awash with care homes catering to non Welsh clients who take advantage of Wales lower cap level and push the burden on Welsh tax payers

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
14 days ago

Once again the tory govt at westminister makes the case for Welsh indy for us

Shan Morgain
14 days ago

There’s no quote from BJ to say the extra funds have to be spent as Westminster dictates. Not saying that isn’t true but the article only says BJ is granting extra to be spent on health & social care..

Marcus Viola
Marcus Viola
13 days ago
Reply to  Shan Morgain

This is horrendously bad journalism which is designed to make dogs bark at cats.

NI has gone up. Wales gets a share to spend on what it is meant for.

j humphrys
j humphrys
12 days ago
Reply to  Marcus Viola

It wasn’t supposed to. We were to get Millions from Brexit.

Moelwen Gwyndaf
Moelwen Gwyndaf
8 days ago
Reply to  Marcus Viola

At present NI is collected in Westminster and the Senedd receives money according to the Barnett formula for devolved matters, which includes health and social care. The was the devolution agreement as democratically voted for by the people of Cymru. Bojo is now saying that this extra NI money will not go through the Senedd but straight to NHS Cymru. He is ignoring the democratic will of the people of Cymru. Get it now?

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
14 days ago

How stupid Johnson is to not realise what his government is doing recently is going to end the UK. Pigheadedness, believing London is still in total control and just plain English colonialism will be the reason. It will mean the end of the English empire, thank goodness!

Erisian
Erisian
13 days ago

Badly misleading headline for this article – you are getting sloppy – I expect better than ‘click-bait’ from nation.cymru!

Hypothecation is a myth, it always has been.
Johnson is up to his usual smoke-and-mirrors sculduggery, with a side-order of anti-devo malice.

Jean M
Jean M
8 days ago

Health and Social Care should have never been devolved – in North Wales patients have to travel to England for a number of Health Issues – the Clue is in the name ‘National Heath Service’

Moelwen Gwyndaf
Moelwen Gwyndaf
8 days ago

At present NI is collected in Westminster and the Senedd receives money according to the Barnett formula for devolved matters, which includes health and social care. The was the devolution agreement as democratically voted for by the people of Cymru. Bojo is now saying that this extra NI money will not go through the Senedd but straight to NHS Cymru. He is ignoring the democratic will of the people of Cymru. Get it now?

Lydia
Lydia
7 days ago

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