Wales politics

Welsh government's £15bn budget is passed by AMs

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Image caption Welsh ministers say they have been open about the scale of the financial challenges they face

The Welsh government's £15bn budget for next year has been backed by AMs.

Lacking a majority, ministers agreed a £223m deal with Liberal Democrats to ensure the budget was passed.

The NHS will receive £425m extra over two years, but most other departments' finances will be cut as Welsh ministers' total budget is squeezed.

Ministers said the budget was about "fairness" and "tackling inequalities" but Conservatives said it did not address the long-term needs of Wales.

Plaid Cymru accused the Welsh government of "committing all of its spending power in the south east to the detriment of the whole of Wales".

The Lib Dems highlighted extra spending on the Pupil Deprivation Grant, increasing school spending in poorer areas, and the completion of a link road in east Cardiff as a result of the two-year deal struck they struck with ministers in September.

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