News ID: 271916
Published: 0803 GMT July 24, 2020

UK pledges more funds for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland for virus response planning

UK pledges more funds for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland for virus response planning
Several stores are closed in Belfast due to coronavirus outbreak. (REUTERS)

Britain said on Friday it was guaranteeing £3.7 billion ($4.72 billion) of additional funding this year to be split between Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to allow the devolved governments there to plan their coronavirus response.

 

Britain's semi-autonomous nations receive some of their funding based on how much is spent by the central government in England. But final amounts can normally not be guaranteed in advance, creating uncertainty over spending limits, nasdaq.com reported.

The Treasury is seeking to address that uncertainty by promising that the three nations will receive at least £3.7 billion in additional funding this year. That is on top of other increases worth £8.9 billion announced since a March budget.

Friday's announcement also sought to relieve growing tension between central and devolved governments — particularly in Scotland where support for independence has been fanned by disagreements over the coronavirus response.

   
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