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