Welsh government's £15bn budget approved

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The Welsh government's £15bn budget for next year has been approved at the Senedd on 10 December 2013.

The minority Labour government struck a deal worth around £100m with Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats to get the budget passed.

But Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats abstained from the vote stopping short of supporting the budget in its entirety.

The NHS in Wales will receive an extra £570m over three years however money for local government will fall by 5.81%.

The Conservative accused Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats of propping up a "failing Labour government".

According to the Finance Minister Jane Hutt, it was not possible to "shield" all services from UK government spending cuts.

She said the priority was to protect health, schools and universal benefits, such as free prescriptions, school breakfasts and bus passes for pensioners.

Labour have 30 of the 60 seats in the assembly and did not have a majority in order to win a vote on their budget plans.

Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats agreed a deal which will see £100m spent on their priorities in return for the two opposition parties abstaining in the crucial vote.

The money included £50m to treat more patients in the community rather than hospital and the doubling of funding for the pupil deprivation grant, a scheme to help poorer school pupils.

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