Plaid: Labour in denial about the state of the economy


Programme for government – Nearly 5 months late with no detail

Plaid Cymru has today described the Labour Welsh Government as ‘in denial’ about the state of the economy, following the publication of its programme for government.

Plaid leader Ieuan Wyn Jones said that the state of the economy had declined severely since the election in May, yet Labour had stuck to the same unambitious plans with no recognition of the worsening crisis.

The Welsh government’s programme was announced nearly 5 months after the government was established, but contained mainly broad statements with no detail and lacked targets.

Plaid Cymru Leader Ieuan Wyn Jones said:

“This programme of government was an opportunity for this slumbering government to show that the terrible economic conditions have jolted it into action. Sadly that opportunity has been missed and the First Minister has put his name to further proof of his government’s complete lack of action.

“Jobs and businesses are being lost every week in Wales, and the government seems to be in a state of paralysis, with no idea how to help.

“The programme of government had to be dragged out of Carwyn Jones’ government – Plaid Cymru has pushed week on week for this to happen. Now that we have a programme for government, it is largely a collection of meaningless generalisations with no detail or targets.”

Plaid Spokesperson on the Economy, Alun Ffred Jones AM said:

“We need action to help the economy and we need it now. Carwyn Jones and his government has sat back for months without any recognition that things are getting worse every week. The First Minister has to wake-up and bring forward proactive steps in order to shelter people and businesses from the worst effects of this crisis.

“A concerning development from this programme is also that there is no commitment here to continue the help with business rates that Plaid Cymru in government made available. This is another worry for our business community which needs help at this time rather than further problems. ”