Labour criticised for promising to spend extra £100bn on Scotland – but only £3.4bn on Wales

Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: Garry Knight (CC BY 2.0)

The Labour Party have been criticised for promising to spend an extra £100bn on Scotland in their manifesto, but only £3.4 billion on Wales.

The manifesto, It’s Time for Real Change, says that they will “provide Scotland with at least around £100 billion of additional resources over two terms”.

“This investment will transform Scotland’s people, communities, public services and industries.”

Turning to Wales, however, the manifesto only notes that a UK Labour Government would invest “an extra 3.4 billion in Wales”.

Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price said it showed how much the Labour party took Wales “for granted”.

“The absence of any ambition and investment shows the disregard and disrespect Labour have for Wales,” he said.

“Decades of underinvestment from the Westminster parties has left the communities of Wales struggling to make ends meet. In Wales, under a Labour government, almost a third of our children are living in poverty, A&E waiting times are at their highest, and the housing crisis is only perpetuated by Labour’s failure to build more council houses.

“Plaid Cymru believe that Wales has potential. But for generations, our country has put its faith and loyalty in the Westminster parties – Labour and the Tories, and get nothing in return.”

 

Launch

The Labour manifesto makes a number of pledges in relation to Wales:

  • A constitutional convention “to better recognise the realities of a devolved UK”
  • Backing environmental energy schemes such as the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project
  • Attempt to deliver the Wylfa nuclear power plant project on Anglesey
  • A second Brexit referendum with the Welsh Government campaigning for Remain
  • Deliver rail electrification and expansion across the whole country, including in Wales

Speaking at the manifesto launch, Jeremy Corbyn said they would “upgrade our national infrastructure in every region and nation”.

“We’ll boost the devolved budgets, allowing the Welsh Labour government to build on its success with huge new projects like the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, and putting an extra £100bn into Scotland to boost the Scottish economy, secure the future of industry and properly fund our public services,” he said.

‘Injustice’

Adam Price, however, said that some of the promises made to Wales in the 2017 Labour manifesto had now been dropped. They included reforming the Barnett formula and devolving justice.

“They’re also refusing to commit to a fairer funding formula for the devolved nations which currently leaves Wales in a much weaker position than its counterparts,” he said.

“They also have backtracked on their promise to devolve justice and policing to Wales which would right the dreadful injustices currently suffered by our citizens in the flawed ‘EnglandandWales’ justice system.

“The only way for Wales to deliver real change is to vote for a party that has Wales, not Westminster, at the top of its list of priorities.”

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Leigh Richards
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Leigh Richards

That’s a massive and inexplicable difference.

Rhosddu
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Rhosddu

Well, they’re scared of Scotland leaving the UK, aren’t they? The budgets would be more equal if Plaid Cymru came close to equalling the SNP’s success. All comments on this issue are probably pointless unless we see a Plaid victory in 2020.

Huw Davies
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Huw Davies

promises, promises …….that’s all they are. Corbyn’s hot air machine is only marginally bigger than Boris’ flannel output, and poor old Jo is bawling away and trying to clinch deals with others who are also on the margins. Utter farce, with Farage capping it all with his stance of being the “only true revolutionary” !

Who needs a Xmas panto when you have clowns like this trying to con us all ? A bit of honesty and willingness to address the real issues that rot away the foundations of UK and particularly Wales would be most welcome.

YrHen
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YrHen

This is an incredibly misleading article.

The figures used here are misleading and seem to be being used to benefit a particular political party.

Scotland will get 5bn a year and Wales will get 3.4bn a year based on the Barnet Formula.

The Scottish government have made calculations with the 5bn and multiplied it over 10 years, which total 100bn. The Welsh government have not made any such calculations.

Also the 3.4bn offered to Wales is a 25% increase on current funds coming from Westminster.

This article clearly explains where the figures come from.

https://www.bbc.com/news/election-2019-50490159

Penderyn
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Penderyn

5 billion ever year for 10 years is 100 billion to you? Please explain why it isnt 50 billion. Thanks….is inflation that high or :O

YrHen
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YrHen

If you had taken the time to read the posted link instead of trying and failing miserably to be witty, you would have read that Scotland have added capital spending promises on top of the £5bn and then multiplied the whole thing by ten.
Wales have not completed such calculations, so are left with the initial yearly figure of 3.4bn.

Scotland will always get more money than Wales, it has a higher population. Wales gets more than Northern Ireland in turn.

Jim Dunckley
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Er, no, it’s just that Labour’s figures are incredibly ambiguous. Is that £3.4 just for next year, or for the next two terms (as per Scotland), and if that’s the case, and we multiply it by 10 then we get £34 billion, which is still well below the Scotland figure if adjusted on a population basis.

Apparently, all will be explained in”Welsh Labour’s” Manifesto. Has it been released yet, because we’re 18 days off election day…

jr humphrys
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jr humphrys

Just read it, and Felicity Evans clearly states the 100 vs 3.4 bill. as stated above!

Hethin Bennett
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Hethin Bennett

Stop moaning wales already gets billions in subsidy

Penderyn
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Penderyn

Nonsense ………… Welsh people pay taxes too and make wealth for corporations

You really have a warped View of Wales……..why not just come out and declare a jihad to cleanse us?

Penderyn
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Penderyn

Welsh speakers today still cant use the Welsh language in court….and yet Labour drops devolving justice? Why? It costs a mere 14 million pounds….compared to many billions swishing around and wasted every week on the markets

Greg jones
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Greg jones

Absolutely no attempt by you to get a response from labour so it doesn’t fly sorry.

jr humphrys
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jr humphrys

Well done SNP! They are on the run. Now for Indy!!

Ernie The Smallholder
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Ernie The Smallholder

So Wales will only get one tenth of what Scotland will get? Of course, there is votes to be brought just as the Tories gave extra to Northern Ireland for the DUP to support their regime. That is because Scotland has a SNP government and Labour hope to win seats for their UK parliament. Unfortunately, Wales currently has nothing to offer the Labour party general election campaign because they think they already have it in the bag. – They already have a Labour Welsh government. What a difference if we had voted a Plaid Cymru government in power at Cardiff… Read more »