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“Budget shows Welsh Lib Dems are most effective party” – William Powell AM

March 10, 2016 11:40 AM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have delivered more for communities than the other opposition parties put together, William Powell, Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales has said highlighting the party's key policies featured in the Annual Budget.

The final vote on the Welsh Government's Annual Budget took place earlier this week. The Welsh Liberal Democrats abstained, allowing the budget to pass, in exchange for securing backing for a number of policies. These include: the Pupil Premium which means every school receives £1,150 per pupil on free school meals, a Young Persons' Bus Pass, and 5,000 new apprenticeships.

William Powell said:

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have deliveredmore for Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire than all of the other opposition parties put together: apprenticeships, extra funding for schools, more nurses, and the list goes on - all achieved with just five Assembly Members.

"My party believes that the first few years of people's lives are crucial in helping them to get on later in life. That is why we have used our influence to secure over £24 million investment directly into our local schools. Report after report shows that not only is this policy working, but it is the most successful and effective education policy delivered over the last five years.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats listen to our communities, which is why we are able to deliver on their priorities. We know that people are fed up of a Welsh Labour Government that is failing to even get the basics right.

"Going into this election, our priorities are the priorities of the people of Wales: more nurses so they have the time to care for our loved ones; smaller class sizes so teachers have the time to teach our children properly and an Opportunity Economy that helps businesses to thrive and supports people so they can secure a home of their own and get on in life."

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Notes to Editor

Last year the Welsh Liberal Democrats agreed to a two year deal, worth £223m, to allow the Welsh Government's budget to pass in exchange for the implementation of Welsh Liberal Democrat policies.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats secured:

  • an increase in the Pupil Premium (aka Pupil Deprivation Grant): in 2016/17 each school will receive £1,150 for every pupil eligible to receive free schools;
  • the extension of the Pupil Premium to include under 5s, worth £300 per pupil on free school meals;
  • a Young Persons' Bus Pass for 16-18 year olds worth nearly £15m;
  • funding for around 5,000 new apprenticeships;
  • £95m capital investment in infrastructure that will provide a strong boost to jobs and the economy;
  • an agreement that no construction of the M4 relief road will start before the next Assembly elections alongside a detailed Environmental Impact Study;
  • extra childcare investment for further education students in Wales who are parents, investing in a pilot scheme promoted by the National Union of Students.