£680 million Covid cash boost for Wales

1 Mar 2021 02:51 PM

Wales’ public services will receive a cash boost of more than £682 million to support their COVID efforts over the coming months, the First Minister yesterday announced.

The package includes more than £635 million for the NHS and local councils to help them support the people of Wales over the next 6 months.

This significant funding boost will support our world-leading vaccination programme so we can protect as many people as quickly as possible; boost our testing capacity and bolster our highly effective contact tracing programme.

The package also includes an additional £206.5 million for the Local Government Hardship Fund, supporting vital social care services and ensuring schools are able to adapt to their new ways of working.

A further £10.5 million will extend the Discretionary Assistance Fund, providing support for the most vulnerable people in Wales during these difficult times.

In addition, we are strengthening support for apprenticeships, which are a crucial part of our economy with an extra £16.5 million investment and providing a further £18.6 million to maintain vital public transport provision.

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