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Labour Lib Dem deal condemns Welsh economy

25/11/2021

Alun Ffred Jones on budget priorities (mp3)

Cheap budget deal fails to respond to economic crisis

‘Extremely bad news for the Welsh economy.’ That is how Plaid Cymru Economy spokesperson, Alun Ffred Jones AM, has described a deal on the Welsh budget between Labour and the Lib Dems. Mr Jones said that Plaid Cymru will not support a budget that does not include a substantial package of measures for jobs and businesses in response to the deepening economic crisis.

Plaid Cymru’s Economy spokesperson, Alun Ffred Jones AM, said:

“This cheap deal between Labour and the Lib Dems is extremely bad news for Welsh workers and businesses and the wider economy. This irresponsible budget does not respond to the deepening economic crisis.

“There is no doubt that the economic crisis that the people of Wales are facing is getting worse. Unemployment is at record levels, and every week we hear of companies that are having to shed jobs or even close down.

“And yet here we have the Labour government doing a deal with the Lib Dems so that they can bring forward a budget that does not include a package of measures to help the people of Wales by protecting and creating jobs and supporting businesses.

“That is why Plaid Cymru cannot support this Labour/LibDem budget. It offers nothing in response to the deepening economic crisis. The truth is that it would be irresponsible for us to vote in favour of this budget.

“Plaid Cymru is the only party that is committed to protecting jobs and small businesses. Labour promised the people of Wales they’d protect them from the ConDems and now they’re in bed with them.”