Wales can do better: Welsh Liberal Democrats launch manifesto

2011 Ebrill 13 11:57 AM

Kirsty Williams today launched the Welsh Liberal Democrats' manifesto for the Welsh General Election setting out ideas to boost economic growth, create jobs, tackle low skills and improve health and education.

The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, Kirsty Williams said:

"This election is the chance for the people of Wales to set the direction of the Welsh government until 2016.

"My children are at primary school. By the time we next debate these issues at a Welsh election, by the time we next decide the direction of schooling in Wales, they will be knocking on the door of their GCSEs. For them and for thousands of other children, this will be their only chance.

"This election is too important to allow the Labour Party to ignore Welsh issues. Labour and Plaid have left us with a weak economy, underfunded schools and an NHS that costs more but delivers less. The Welsh people deserve a proper conversation about how we in Wales address these issues.

"No more excuses. The Welsh Liberal Democrats believe that Wales can do better. That is why we are setting out a radical manifesto full of positive ideas to:

Create jobs and improve our economy by offering companies £2,000 for staff training if they provide jobs to unemployed young people. Tackle the spending gap, providing more money for schools by targeting additional money at the 80,000 pupils who need it the most so that schools can afford to invest in the things that really matter, such as smaller class sizes or one-on-one teaching. Cut waiting times by cutting waste. We will improve healthcare by switching ineffective spending in the NHS to the frontline.Radically overhaul the energy efficiency of an extra 12,000 homes by doubling the money available for tackling fuel poverty. Make sure your council can deliver for you by cutting restrictions that stop them innovating and acting in the best interest of local communities."

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