The Government describes it as a Wellbeing Budget and has taken a different approach to the way funding has been prioritised, including stating five Budget Priorities last December. We have therefore not only assessed it in the usual way by each of the main Budget areas (by ‘Vote’) but include an assessment as to what it has achieved for ‘wellbeing’.
There has not yet been an opportunity to analyse all aspects of the Budget so this report does not attempt to provide a full commentary. You will see that funding increases are often stated as over four years and we also need to factor in demographic changes as well as an inflation adjustment before real increases can be assessed. Years end in June so 2019/20 means the year to June 2020.
Download a full copy of the CTU Budget Report 2019 here.