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UK Gov ‘spent £1,000 more per London resident than in Wales’ on pandemic response

05 Oct 2021 3 minutes Read
Plaid Cymru MS Luke Fletcher in the Senedd

The UK Government has “spent £1,000 more per London resident than in Wales” on its pandemic response, it has been claimed.

During a speech in the Senedd, Plaid Cymru MS, Luke Fletcher quoted figures from Centre for Progressive Policy, and demanded that “Wales must get its fair share from Westminster”.

He said the UK Government’s pandemic response has been “one huge subsidy to the south of England”.

The Senedd member for South Wales West also took aim at thee UK Government’s so called “levelling-up agenda”, which he says has “so far meant more powers for Westminster” as well as “less democracy, funding and representation for Wales.”

The Economy Minister Vaughan Gething responded, saying that Wales is “heading on a path of having less say over less money”.

He also accused the UK Government in Westminster of a “deliberate approach to take away powers and resources” away from the Senedd.

Luke Fletcher said: “As Plaid Cymru made clear in the debate on this topic before recess, Westminster’s levelling-up agenda has so far meant more powers for Westminster, more money for Tory seats, and less democracy, funding and representation for Wales.

“We deserve better than this, and our amendments, of course, reflected that. During that debate we sought to make explicit points regarding the process behind the selection criteria for these funds, and called for detailed assessments as to the impact these funds will have on Wales. We were, of course, glad that the Government supported those amendments at the time.

“If these funds are not replaced in full and implemented by devolved decision makers, then Wales will be left short changed and worse off. Far from proving the strength of the union, the UK’s pandemic response was in fact one huge subsidy to the south of England.

“The Centre for Progressive Policy has calculated that the UK Government spent £1,000 more per London resident than in Wales, and £6.9 billion more on London than if each nation and region had been allocated emergency spending equally.

“The Welsh Government can’t let the same thing happen with these funds. Wales must get its fair share from Westminster.”

‘Not a great place to be’ 

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething replied: “At this point in time, we are heading on a path of having less say over less money. That’s not a great place to be, and I don’t understand how anyone elected to this place could celebrate the fact that there is a deliberate approach to take away powers and resources from this institution.

“If people want to have a different approach from the Welsh Government, well, that’s what people decide when we have elections. We’ve had elections with manifestos, people have voted, we have an agenda that we want to get on with, because that’s the responsibility the people of Wales have chosen to give us. I can’t assess the new funds.

“I’m committed to assessing the new funds when we’re in a position to do so, but, as the Conservative spokesperson acknowledged, none of the new funds have been allocated yet, even in the trial phase.

“So, we can’t even assess the impact of the trial phase, because the decisions haven’t been made, let alone any spending decisions being made.”

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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
17 days ago

Pure colonialism. We need to break away from these skunks.

Mark
Mark
17 days ago

Does that figure include all the backhanders given out to tory friends and supporters? tory scum.

Michael Rieveley
Michael Rieveley
17 days ago

The current government is determined to nullify the democratic choice of Wales and its people and reverse devolution with out any mandate.
If anybody is still under the impression that the UK government has any intention of levelling up their actions clearly shows the opposite is the reality.
It is the case that for any funding Wales has to go cap in hand to the UK where there is little or no understanding of Wales and it is viewed as unimportant by the current incumbents.
The argument for independence becomes ever stronger and Union ever weaker.

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
17 days ago

Wales needs to break free from the uncaring, arrogant, utterly corrupt tory enemy.

Erisian
Erisian
17 days ago

Which when you consider the differences in population density and the resultant extra travel costs that causes, makes it all the more disgraceful.
I guess we just don’t matter.
Remind me again why so many of us apparently still think the ‘union’ is a good idea?

Stephen
Stephen
17 days ago

This is a non story, London is the capital city and the costs of things like travel, rent, energy are way more expensive than in Wales.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
17 days ago
Reply to  Stephen

I agree, let’s have Home Rule for the Home Counties and they can enjoy the wealth they create …. or don’t.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
17 days ago
Reply to  Stephen

Not our capital, but Englands.The country that invaded ours.If that was the case as you claim then why aren’t people in Cardiff getting 1000 quid more spent on them than the rest of Wales? You are actually making excuses for colonialism and their xenophobia.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
16 days ago

The information age just tells us what we’ve really known but wasn’t spelt out for us in black and white – Westminster has and always will neglect us. We don’t need any more confirmation – let’s just get the hell out.

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