Thursday, February 11, 2016

Welsh Liberal Democrats deliver on patient safety


Yesterday, Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams' More Nurses Bill passed in the Assembly and became law. This will mean Wales is the first country in Europe to have a legal requirement for nursing staff numbers on our wards.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Welsh Lib Dems deliver for Neath Port Talbot

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today secured, amongst other things, £14,783,250 extra investment in schools in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend areas.
Last year the Welsh Liberal Democrats agreed to a two year deal, worth £223m, to allow the Welsh Government’s budget to pass in exchange for the implementation of Welsh Liberal Democrat policies.  Assembly Members today voted on that budget.
Amongst other achievements, the Welsh Liberal Democrats secured an increase in the Pupil Premium (also known as ‘Pupil Deprivation Grant’) so every school receives £1,150 per pupil on free school meals, a Young Persons’ Bus Pass so young people can travel for free to work and training, and 5,000 new apprenticeships.
That means that next year Neath Port Talbot schools will receive £4,532,150 targeted on the most deprived pupils.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black said:
“I’m delighted we have secured this extra investment for our area.
“Let’s be clear: the positives in this budget are because of Welsh Liberal Democrat influence.
“Whether it is securing over £200m investment for education, delivering funding for thousands of new apprenticeships, or supporting young people getting to work and training, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have a record of delivery for our communities.

“The Welsh Liberal Democrats continue to punch above our weight and today’s budget, which delivers on a number of priorities which have a positive impact on people’s lives, is evidence of that.”


The Welsh Liberal Democrats secured:
  • an increase in the Pupil Premium (aka Pupil Deprivation Grant): in 2016/17 each school will receive £1,150 for every pupil eligible to receive free schools;
  • the extension of the Pupil Premium to include under 5s, worth £300 per pupil on free school meals;
  • a Young Persons’ Bus Pass for 16-18 year olds worth nearly £15m;
  • funding for around 5,000 new apprenticeships;
  • £95m capital investment in infrastructure that will provide a strong boost to jobs and the economy;
  • an agreement that no construction of the M4 relief road will start before the next Assembly elections alongside a detailed Environmental Impact Study;
  • extra childcare investment for further education students in Wales who are parents, investing in a pilot scheme promoted by the National Union of Students.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Spring conference, Llandaff 2016

Conference opened on a high note with a speech by Eluned Parrott AM. There were further rousing speeches by federal leader Tim Farron MP and by our leader in Wales, Kirsty Williams AM.

Further reports are on Liberal Democrat Voice and our Facebook page.

Conference closes tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Why I joined the Liberal Democrats, by a former Labour mayor

In a post on Liberal Democrat Voice, Tod Sullivan, a former mayor of Lowestoft, explains why he sees his future as a social democrat in this party:

The simple fact is that my heart is a liberal-minded Social Democrat, I was reminded by Social Democrats in the Lib Dems that they have a powerful place in the party. After all, it is a merger between the Liberal and SDP parties. They described a party which believes in markets but not unrestrained capitalism, government that is effective but not intrusive, but is compelled to intervene where liberties, fairness, safety or opportunity are being threatened. A party that believes in individual freedoms and opportunities, particularly for people who want to help others. A party committed to being proud of Great Britain, maintaining our influence on the world and being a member of the European Union, NATO and the United Nations, outward looking and welcoming to those who need sanctuary as well as those who can contribute to our society.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A retro greeting

and a good New Year to everyone!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tim Farron's response to the Autumn Statement

This was a deeply political budget from a deeply political Chancellor.  It looks good in the theatrics of the Commons, with Labour divided, weak and inept, but the budget will unravel.
It will unravel in schools next year when they see funding slashed; it will unravel when local councils have to cut services and increase taxes just to get by; and it will unravel when projects can’t be built because of the skills shortage caused by the attack on further education.
The brighter outlook has given Osborne room for manoeuvre, yet he continues an ideological crusade to slash spending and attack working families on welfare.
Today, was supposed to be a Long Term economic plan, but it was a short term economic scam.