Economy: Delivering in Government

In government, Plaid has:

  • implemented a new Labour Market Strategy and an All-Wales approach to economic development, as well as continued regeneration funding for the Heads of the Valleys and Môn a Menai projects;

  • announced more than £119 million for the first All-Wales Green Jobs Strategy;

  • supported the Manufacturing Forum in developing a Manufacturing Strategy;

  • worked closely with the Department for Work and Pensions to help people back into work;

  • been developing an All-Wales Purchasing Code of Practice to encourage more local sourcing of products;

  • launched the Single Investment Fund for business support, including social enterprises and environmental incentives;

  • succeeded in bringing down business rates, although we believe that the grossly unfair business rates system should be scrapped, and replaced with a fairer system of taxation based on profit. Because of Plaid's work in government, around half of small businesses in Wales will pay no business rates this year, and roughly 20% more will see their business rates significantly reduced;

  • responded quickly to potential job losses and a skills shortage through the new ProAct programme, and by enhancing ReAct and Skill Build capacity;

  • protected apprentice places through ProAct, and created 1000 more places through a Young Recruits Programme, as well as up to 2000 places through the new Pathways to Apprenticeship programme;

  • provided a package of support for our small businesses including an extended Basic Skills Pledge, Leadership and Management Workshops and increased Workforce Development Programme support;

  • announced funding to improve high-speed broadband coverage for businesses and communities as well as tackling a number of broadband 'not spot' areas;

  • invested over £75 million in improving road links across all of Wales;

  • reduced rail travel time between the north and south of Wales with Y Gerallt Gymro;

  • begun work on the All-Wales Traws Cambria network with integrated road and rail electronic ticketing, starting with Cymru Connect ticket;

  • established a National Transport Passenger Committee for Wales;

  • published the 2010 National Transport Plan which will improve regional and national strategic planning for transport;

  • invested £5 million in walking and cycling schemes across Wales;

  • enhanced rail and bus pass discounts for pensioners;

  • invested £8.5 million in community transport and safe travel to school schemes;

  • invested £3 million in free community travel for severely disabled and socially disadvantaged people across Wales.