Welsh parties can't pay for their promises
Monday, November 27, 2006
The plug's been pulled on wishful promises ahead of next year's assembly elections.
Treasury forecasts show that the Assembly's block grant will fall by at least 1% from next year. And while that may not sound like much, this is the pot of cash from which election pledges are being made.
Take Plaid's promise to double the budget for childcare provisions, which I wrote about HERE.
Plaid's leader, Ieuan Wyn Jones, was asked how he intended to pay for it. He said: 'The money will be provided out of the increase there will be in the Assembly budget during [the next] four years. It doesn't come out of an individual policy area, it actually comes from the increase we expect in the budget over that period.'
But if that increase isn't as big as expected, what then?
posted by Blamerbell @ 11:04 am,
- At 2:01 pm, Oli said...
"The report is critical of the limited use of private capital and says Wales cannot afford to ignore this source of finance"
How well does that fit with Plaid's traditional socialist approach to public services?
- At 4:31 pm, Blamerbell said...
Not very. But don't believe everything you read in a report.
Top-up fees came out of a report, as did PFI.