Rural communities are vital to the character and strength of Wales. Liberal Democrats have a long tradition of representing these communities and understand their needs. We will always give rural
interests a high priority.
In our policies on transport, health, education and communities set out in more detail elsewhere in this manifesto, we have ensured that rural needs and perspectives are included.
Our priorities for Rural Wales are:
- Fighting to prevent or counteract the adverse impacts on our farmers of losing CAP support and easy access to European markets.
- Ensuring good local services and community facilities such as schools, public transport, local shops, cultural venues and pubs, as well as more houses to meet local needs.
- Boosting the attractiveness of Wales as a tourist destination.
Valuing the NHS and social care workforce
Our health and social care services’ greatest resource is their staff, working tirelessly under immense pressure.
• Guarantee the rights of all NHS and social care service staff who are EU nationals, the right to stay in the UK.
• End the public sector pay freeze for NHS workers.
• Protect NHS whistle-blowers and introduce a Welsh NHS whistleblowing hotline.
GPs in particular have been put under considerable strain, leaving many people waiting weeks to get appointments. GPs are the core of the NHS and they need support to ensure that the NHS is able to survive and thrive.
The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrat - Green Group on Powys County Council, Cllr James Gibson-Watt, has today written to the Council’s Chairman, Leader and Deputy Leader to request an urgent statement about the claims made by County Councillor Gwilym Williams in the media.
Commenting on the reports, Cllr Gibson-Watt said:-
"The Leader and her Deputy need to come to the meeting of the full County Council this Friday and explain to members exactly what happened earlier this year. The allegation made by Cllr Williams of an honours-for-votes offer made by the Deputy Leader needs to be cleared up as a matter of urgency. If the allegations are true the Deputy Leader needs to inform the County Council what other offers were made to Conservative group members to keep their votes."
William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for Brecon & Radnorshire, has welcomed today’s (Monday 26th April) outdoor reopening of pubs, restaurants, and some other catering & hospitality businesses, and promised that he and his party will be a voice for small business in the next Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament.
Key policy commitments in the Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto for the 2021 Senedd Election include a freeze on Business Rates for the next five years and a £500 million fund for investment in town centres and high streets based on the priorities identified by local business leaders and organisations.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd Candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire, Cllr William Powell, has called on Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, with support from Powys tLHB, to focus on the strategic development of Nevill Hall Hospital to address the 'serious NHS waiting lists' in a number of areas.
Speaking just days ahead of the first anniversary of his own discharge from Nevill Hall in May 2020, following his successful 6 week Covid-19 battle, William Powell said:
'I warmly welcome the fact that the Nevill Hall Radiotherapy Satellite Centre (RSC) received backing from Welsh Government, in its outline business case back in February. However, this must now be taken forward as a matter of extreme urgency.