How much COVID funding the Welsh Government has received from the UK Government.
7 February 2022
Thank you for your request which I received on 26 January 2022. You asked for the following information:
- I want to know how much money has been received from Westminster to assist with COVID.
- I want to know how much of that money has been spent on COVID specific matters.
Please note that consequential funding derived from programmes in England received by the Welsh Government does not result in a direct transfer of funding into the same programme in Wales. This reflects a key principle of devolution that any funding received is for Welsh Ministers to allocate in line with Welsh devolved priorities reflecting the particular circumstances in Wales.
1. With regard to the breakdown of COVID funding the Welsh Government has received from the UK Government, Her Majesty’s Treasury published a detailed breakdown of funding here:
Block Grant Transparency: December 2021 (GOV.UK)
This displays the consequential funding that the Welsh Government receives from the UK Government as a result of the Barnett formula. This indicates that, in total, the Welsh Government received around £5,770m in 2020-21 and £2,400m in 2021-22 as a result of the UK Government’s increase in departmental spend relating to COVID-19.
It should be noted that £570m of the funding received in 2020-21 was carried across into the next financial year. As well as business support, the totals received cover a variety of key funding priorities including the NHS and other programme areas.
The fiscal events up to, and including, the 2021 Autumn Budget and Spending Review are included in the document. Further changes are likely in relation to 2021-22 with the UK Government’s forthcoming Supplementary Estimates.
2. A breakdown of the allocations made by the Welsh Government for COVID-19 over 2020-21 and 2021-22 can be found via the following links:
1st supplementary budget 2020-2021 (The National Archives)
2nd supplementary budget 2020-2021 (The National Archives)
3rd supplementary budget 2020-2021 (The National Archives)
1st Supplementary Budget 2021 to 2022
The Welsh Government will be publishing the 2nd Supplementary Budget on the 15 February which contain allocations made since the 1st Supplementary Budget.
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