Welsh Government to look at making budget more accessible and publish all spending over £25k

June 9, 2011 10:40 AM

First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has agreed to Welsh Liberal Democrat calls to look at the way the annual Welsh budget is presented to the Welsh public and committees of the National Assembly to improve transparency and accessibility. Kirsty Williams portrait

The Finance Committee of the Assembly has previously called on the Welsh Government clarify and make consistent the Welsh budget so that it can be easily accessed and understood by the public and Assembly committee members. The Welsh Liberal Democrats also call for budget lines to be clearly explained so that the people of Wales know exactly what their money is being spent on. Budget lines in the budget are currently vague and ambiguous which reduces accountability and transparency of the government's books.

The First Minister also confirmed during FMQs that they are going to implement Welsh Liberal Democrat policy of publishing all government spending over £25,000 on a regular basis.

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

"We believe that the people of Wales have a right to know how their money is being spent. The current budget format of the Welsh Government is ambiguous and vague and this is not healthy for democratic scrutiny. The Finance Committee of the Assembly has also called on the Welsh Government to ensure the Welsh budget can be easily accessed and understood by the public and Assembly committee members. You shouldn't need a degree in accounting to be able to understand the Welsh Government's budget.

"We are pleased that the Labour government has agreed to Welsh Liberal Democrat calls for all government spending over £25,000 to be published on a regular basis. This will be a great step towards increasing financial scrutiny of the Welsh Government.

"As we face difficult spending decisions, the people of Wales must have confidence that their hard earned money is being spent in the most effective way possible."

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