Tories locked in London mentality


Plaid Cymru urges consequential to be used to boost Welsh economy

Plaid Cymru has dismissed a debate brought before the Assembly by the Conservatives for its regressive attitude towards devolution. In calling on the Welsh Government to use a Barnett consequential to mimic the UK government’s policy and freeze council tax, the Conservative party in Wales has shown that it is led by its London masters, and lacks the innovation to implement Welsh solutions to Welsh problems.

Plaid Cymru has called for the £38.9m passed on to the Welsh Government though a Barnett consequential generated by the Council Tax freeze in England to be invested in a Small Business Job Protection Scheme to help businesses stay afloat and retain jobs as the economic crisis tightens.

Plaid Cymru’s Local Government spokesperson Rhodri Glyn Thomas said:

“The idea that Wales should freeze council tax simply because that is what has happened in England is regressive and anti-devolution. Devolution means that Wales can set its own agenda, and find Welsh solutions to Welsh problems, and that is what Plaid Cymru has called for.

“It seems that the Conservatives want a return to the dark days of Redwood where ‘for Wales, see England’. The Conservative party in Wales are clearly on the London leash. But Wales does not need England’s solutions to our problems.

“Plaid Cymru has called for the Barnett consequential to be invested into a Small Business Job Protection Scheme. We outlined plans for a scheme that would create a fund to help small businesses stay afloat and retain jobs. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Welsh economy and as such it is crucial that the Welsh government takes the action it can to protect them during these difficult economic times.”