Welsh Government investment benefiting Cardiff patients and pupils – Jane Hutt

Finance and Government Business Minister Jane Hutt recently saw first hand how Welsh Government investment is transforming patient and pupil experiences in Cardiff and benefiting the local community.

The Minister visited the Noah’s Ark Children’s hospital for Wales and toured the recently opened phase 2 facilities. The second phase received £64m of capital funding from the Welsh Government, helping to build a modern five storey child-focussed environment expected to exceed national and international standards.

Jane Hutt said:

“Our targeted programme of capital investment continues to make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives in Wales. Over recent months as part of my Budget Tour 2015, I have visited various projects the length and breadth of Wales and seen first hand the benefits our additional capital funding has brought – today has been no exception.

“I was delighted to visit the recently completed children’s hospital for Wales – truly impressive facilities which we are extremely proud to have invested in. As a result of this investment, children not just from Cardiff but from across the country are able to benefit from world class care, putting them at ease in what can be a daunting experience for young people.”

In addition, the Heath Hospital and Children’s Hospital have benefitted from £252,000 of Welsh Government Invest to Save funding to install LED lighting in the Children’s’ Hospital and underground tunnels in the main hospital, which the Minister saw on a visit in October last year. The funding will enable Cardiff and Vale University Health board to fulfil its commitment to reducing its carbon emissions and energy costs by at least 250 tonnes and £50,000 per annum.

The Minister also visited the new Pontprennau primary school which has received over £4m of Welsh Government funding through the 21st Century Schools and Education Programme. Despite expanding greatly since the early 1990s, the locality had no primary school provision with children having to travel outside their local area to access education.

The new build school was combined with the previous community centre in Pontprennau to become one of the first community focussed schools in Cardiff. The first phase of the new school which opened in September, will see up to 60 pupils admitted to the school each year, with 48 full time nursery places.

Jane Hutt said:

“Through our 21st Century Schools and Education Programme, we are investing £1.4 billion to rebuild and refurbish over 150 schools and colleges across Wales – the most ambitious programme of school building replacement and improvement since the 1960s.

“This continues our commitment to investment, which has benefitted more than 50,000 learners in Wales over the lifetime of this Government.

“The newly opened primary school in Pontprennau, backed by over £4m of Welsh Government funding, provides an excellent learning environment and the best possible educational opportunities for our youngest learners. With the school at the heart of the local community, local residents are also set to feel the benefits from these state of the art facilities.”