Plaid calls on government to build for Wales’ future


Call to bring forward Capital investment to ensure economic recovery

Government must bring forward capital projects such as the building of new schools, hospitals and transport infrastructure in order to ensure Wales’ recovery from the current economic crisis.  That was the message today from Plaid Cymru in a Senedd debate. 

During the debate, the party’s economy spokesperson, Alun Ffred Jones AM, criticized the Conservative/Lib Dem Westminster government for failing to provide sufficient economic stimulus for Wales.  But he also hit out at the lack of action from the Labour Welsh Government during the economic crisis.  Pointing to Plaid Cymru’s Build4Wales proposal which would invest £500m pounds and create up to 50,000 jobs, he also argued that the bold and innovative action could reap long term rewards. 

Plaid Cymru Economy Spokesperson Alun Ffred Jones AM said:

“Plaid Cymru has consistently warned that the Conservative/Lib Dem government’s cuts are too deep and too fast and that they are stifling economic recovery risking a double dip recession.  The UK government has failed to provide sufficient economic stimulus for Wales in order to deliver an economic boost and therefore we are seeing the situation worsen. 

“The Labour Welsh Government cannot avoid their responsibilities in driving for recovery.  What Wales needs, and what the construction industry is crying out for, is a coherent and comprehensive capital investment programme. The Labour Welsh Government still has not brought forward any new construction projects – there is a complete lack of direction.  Blaming the Lib Dems and Tories in London is a cop-out. Labour's inaction when youth unemployment is at such a high level is having a real impact for thousands of our young people.

“Plaid Cymru has set out radical and innovative action in order to enable the government to invest in new schools, hospitals and infrastructure via our Build4Wales proposal.  At a time of cuts from Westminster the Welsh government cannot sit back and do nothing. It has to come up with an alternative way to respond to the downturn in the economy.”

Plaid Cymru Leader Ieuan Wyn Jones AM also warned of further severe cuts to come as a result of the Chancellor’s recent Autumn Statement:

“The implications of the Chancellor’s statement are going to mean further serious funding cuts for Wales by the UK government.  The Labour Welsh Government clearly hasn’t yet grasped the depth of the situation which faces us.  Another £800m will be slashed from the Welsh Budget next year – dwarfing the additional sum allocated to Wales in the Autumn Statement.

“The First Minister may have bought the Lib Dems support for his budget for £20m – but he did not spot that the Lib Dems and Conservatives were taking a massive £800m out of the Welsh budget at the same time.”