The Welsh budget has performed a delicate balancing act, given the level of cuts imposed on Wales by the Tory-Lib Dem UK government.
We're still to hear the details for individual councils but the signs are more hopeful than anticipated. Of course there will be a standstill budget for the NHS over the next three years but, as we've flagged up here many times before over the past year, there is a desperate need to tackle the unaccountable senior management at health board level. It's a Plaid bandwagon the Lib Dems seem desperate to jump on board, if Kirsty Williams's appearance on Question Time is anything to go by.
What is unforgivable is the Tory posturing on this budget. The Tories want to ringfence the NHS budget and have tried to position themselves cynically as pro-NHS. In fact this would lead to 20% cuts in education, social care and other key services that have a direct and indirect affect on the health of the nation.