Funding review will take another look at Barnett

22nd June 2007 at 01:00
A RICHARD-style commission is to be established to investigate public funding in Wales, it was decided, as TES Cymru went to press.

Assembly members agreed by 51-0 that the government should look at both the funding and financial powers of Wales after it was put to the vote in the Senedd.

The decision means that the Barnett formula, used to calculate all public spending in Wales from Westminster, including education, will come under review.

A coalition of education unions, the medical profession and transport charity Sustrans Cymru joined forces to fight for the review of the formula. Fears that Barnett may not be delivering enough funds for education have been raging for years. But a lack of clarity over how much money we actually do receive from Westminster has motivated the campaign.

Carwyn Jones, education minister, says a review of Barnett might show it brought in more money than was originally thought.

But Lee Waters, national director of Sustrans Cymru, said: "We simply do not know if we fare well from the present funding regime. We just want to find out."

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