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Plaid Cymru and Welsh Liberal Democrats announce joint approach to Welsh Government budget

2013 Mehefin 25 12:00 PM

Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats have today announced that they will join forces to negotiate with the Welsh Government on next year's budget settlement. Party leaders Leanne Wood and Kirsty Williams will come together to negotiate a deal based on their joint priorities.

Both leaders stressed that the economy, education and health will be priorities as they work to secure a deal that delivers results for the people of Wales.

Following the publication of next year's draft budget, party representatives will refuse to negotiate with the Welsh Government unless it's on a joint basis.

The Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood said:

"Since my election as leader of Plaid Cymru I have said that job creation and the improvement of the Welsh economy are my top priorities. On top of this Plaid Cymru has consistently pointed out the crises in our health and education systems. These are two further policy areas that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

"Plaid Cymru is determined to deliver the best deal for the people of Wales. Working together with the Liberal Democrats will put us in a strong bargaining position to force the government to take action that will boost the economy, address its failures on health, and improve standards in our schools."

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, Kirsty Williams, said:

"Welsh Liberal Democrats have consistently said that we will not support a budget that does not make progress towards closing the funding gap with England - starting with the poorest children who need the help the most. Nor will we vote for a budget that neglects the need to tackle unemployment and boost the economy by incentivising employers to take on new trainees. The growing crisis within our NHS is an issue that we will also want to deal with.

"I am pleased that we are able to work with Plaid Cymru to try and secure a budget that will serve the whole of Wales. By working together we hope to get the most for the people of Wales."