Before the Budget on Wednesday, I was able to ask the Minister of State for the Wales Office, Guto Bebb MP, why the Government has broken its promise, as set out in its 2015 election manifesto, to protect funding for S4C.
The funding last year for S4C was £6.7m and was £6.1m this year. A fall of £600,000, completely contravening the Government’s pledge to the people of Delyn.
The Minister dithered and failed to answer my question directly. Instead he said that a review was being undertaken and that an announcement will be made shortly on the continued freezing of funding for S4C. As we can see, funding hasn’t been frozen it has been cut.
I will always push for better investment and support for the Welsh language. The Welsh Assembly Government is doing an excellent job in promoting Welsh, but that is in spite of the efforts by the Westminster government.