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Rebecca Evans will publish the supplementary budget later

How £2.4bn is being spent to help firms and public services struggling with the coronavirus pandemic will be set out by Welsh ministers later.

A supplementary budget, published by Finance Minister Rebecca Evans, will include the extra £750m allocated to the NHS and other key public services.

The original 2020-21 Welsh budget has increased by more than 10% since March.

The extra £2.4bn has come from the UK Treasury as a result of spending dealing with the pandemic in England.

It was apportioned using a formula that ensures extra spending on public services in England is reflected in Welsh budgets.

Last week, First Minister Mark Drakeford said the supplementary budget would allocate money into spending pots including:

  • nearly £500m extra for health and social care
  • an additional £1.3bn for the economy and transport budget
  • £500m more for housing and local government

Large sums of the money are already being spent, including within the economy and transport department’s £500m economic resilience fund.

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Ministers say that fund has financed loans worth £87m to about 1,300 businesses, and grants worth more than £100m to more than 6,000 firms within the eight weeks since it was launched.

The housing and local government money includes funding to continue free school meals, increase support for care homes and for recruiting and managing volunteers.

Business rate relief and grants for the hospitality, retail and leisure industry also comes from the housing and local government pot.

Wales’ Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe, urged ministers to seize the opportunity to “reset our economy” and put money into new low-carbon affordable housing and energy efficiency programmes for existing homes.

She also called for investment to improve digital connectivity and to boost transport for pedestrians and cyclists.

Meanwhile, wildlife charity the RSPB wants politicians to commit to its “green recovery” plan, which it says can benefit people, the economy and the environment.

By BBC Wales economics correspondent Sarah Dickins

The Welsh Government’s Ken Skates has already said that he wants to “build back better” when the economy opens up after lockdown and that the government won’t be going back to business as usual after the crisis.

Now the Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe, has set out five recommendations for how the Welsh Government should spent the extra cash from the UK Treasury.

They include job creation; building new affordable housing that’s cheap to heat and making existing homes more energy efficient; investing in industries of the future; leading a low carbon revolution and developing natural flood defences.

The Welsh Government says it has provided more than £750m to the NHS and public services and helped to deliver the most generous business support in the UK.