Welsh Government agrees to publish spending over £25k – Kirsty comment

2011 Mehefin 23 2:43 PM

Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, today welcomed new that all items of Welsh government expenditure over £25,000 will be made public. The issue was a manifesto commitment for the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Kirsty Williams has challenged the First minister on this issue several times. Kirsty Williams portrait

For months, Kirsty Williams, has been challenging the First Minister to follow the example of the Scottish Executive and the UK Government and publish all expenditure over £25k. She raised the issue with him in First Minister's Questions on the 23rd November 2010 and wrote to him subsequently on 26th November 2010. She raised it again in First Minister's Questions on 8th June.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats were the only party to commit to publishing all expenditure over £25k in the Welsh election.

During the election, Kirsty Williams said, "The first step of any government serious about cutting waste would be to publish all items of expenditure over £25k."

Today, she added:

"I am glad that, following pressure from the Welsh Liberal Democrats, the Welsh Government has finally confirmed that they will make public all expenditure over £25k. This will increase accountability and transparency and allow politicians and the public to find wasted money that could in future be directed to frontline services.

"However I have always maintained that this is only the first step - the government must now make sure that their budget is clearly written and understandable, so that the public can be involved in what the government will spend in the future, not just what it has spent in the past."

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