Thursday, 21 May 2015

Labour minister recycles old news

The Labour Government in Cardiff seems very keen on recycling – in particular recycling old news.

On Monday, Wrecsam AM Lesley Griffiths, the Communities minister, made a “significant” announcement. It was to say that £108 million was being allocated to improve social housing in Wales through the Major Repairs Allowance (MRA).

It would have been a more significant event had she not announced the MRA was £108m. Because ever since 2004, the MRA has been stuck on £108m and every year a housing minister has trumpeted this budget line.

If it had kept pace with inflation, it would now be worth £152m. Perhaps that’s the significance.

Carry on recycling!

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