The End of Austerity and Beginning of Brexit

Location Postgraduate Teaching Centre, Cardiff University
Date 5 February 2020

This event focused on the two most significant policy developments for Wales at the start of the 2020s – the end (for now at least) of a decade of austerity and the UK’s departure from the European Union on 31st January 2020.

This event considered:

  • Which public services will get more funding?
  • Will this address the long-term pressures on social care, health and other services?
  • What about infrastructure investment?
  • Will Wales be able to influence trade negotiations with the EU?
  • How can it strengthen economic links to other parts of the world?
  • What sort of ‘Shared Prosperity Fund’ would work best in Wales?

Our speaker were Guto Ifan, from the Wales Governance Centre, who discussed the Welsh Government’s budget, and Gareth Williams, Special Adviser to the Welsh Government, who reflected on the implications of Brexit for the economy and inter-governmental relations.

You can download the slides from the event below.