- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Press Releases
Details of this week’s budget announced over the weekend show the Welsh Labour Government protecting funding for the Supporting People grant thanks to an additional £10m budget allocation. This is something I have been supporting for as supporting people is very important in Swansea East
The Supporting People grant is a £124.4m programme by the Welsh Labour Government that provides help and support to over 57,000 people each year to live independently. While the majority of those, some 40,000, are older people it also helps those fleeing domestic violence and those threatened with or getting over a period of homelessness as well as those with mental health or substance misuse issues or learning disabilities.
The budget will also include £15m to improve vital north and south links on the A487 and A470 and a £40m boost for mental health funding over two years; an extra £20m-a-year for higher and further education and £6m for a young farmers’ grant scheme over two years; additional funding for the Welsh language; more money for Wales to deal with the impact of Brexit, including support for businesses and for music in schools. The Welsh Labour Government will also invest [delete as appropriate] £7m development fund for undergraduate medical training in North Wales / £2m to remove the tolls on the Cleddau bridge in Pembrokeshire in 2019-20.
The full budget will be announced on Tuesday 3rd October.
Commenting on the news, local Welsh Labour Assembly member Mike Hedges said:
“We are all aware of the difficult financial climate that is imposed on Wales by the UK Government and their failed austerity agenda.”
“Despite this the Welsh Labour Government are acting to protect services especially health ,our community and vulnerable residents.