Equal care for mental health
One in four people experiences a mental health problem in any given year. For too long, mental health has been stigmatised and ignored. We strongly believe mental health should be taken as seriously as physical health and are determined to give it the equal attention it deserves. We know that not enough resources reach front line services and that in the fight for parity of esteem, there is still a very long way to go.
Farming, food, and agriculture
Leaving the EU puts farming and agricultural businesses in huge danger. It threatens cuts to the financial support, which underpins farmers’ livelihoods and their ability to manage the countryside, and tariffs on exports. For agricultural products, EU tariffs average 22.3% – putting Britain’s £18 billion of food exports in danger. Our system must support farmers, ensure food production, and protect the environment.
A year ago, it seemed that the world had come to a consensus on the need to take the perils of climate change seriously. Countries across the globe had recognised that rising temperatures and pollution were not just an environmental issue, but an economic and security issue. But with the election of Donald Trump in the US and Britain’s vote to leave the EU, the tides of isolationism and populism could halt or even reverse the progress that has been made.
The Conservatives seem determined to take Britain back to the 1980s, when the UK was the ‘dirty man of Europe’. They have cut support for renewable energy and home insulation, sold off the Green Investment Bank and failed to control air pollution.
Liberal Democrats are determined that we live up to our environmental obligations.
That’s why we will pass five green laws:
a Green Transport Act,
a Zero-Carbon Britain Act,
a Nature Act,
a Green Buildings Act, and
a Zero Waste Act to incorporate existing EU environmental protections, maintain product standards such as for energy efficiency, and establish a framework for continual improvement.
Quality really counts in early-years
Investing in high-quality early years education has a huge impact on children’s attainment as they enter school. Our most vulnerable children have the most to gain from excellent early years setting, with partnership with parents a key component.
• Increase our Early Years Pupil Premium funding
• Support a national project to help boost the computing skills of primary school children
• Promote the use of community buildings, leisure centres and school premises to increase level of childcare provision
The publication of ‘Put Recovery First’: The Welsh Liberal Democrat Manifesto for the 2021 Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament Elections has been welcomed by the Welsh Liberal Democrat candidates contesting Powys’s two constituencies.
The innovative and ambitious programme of government sets out the policy priorities of the Welsh Liberal Democrats for the next five-year Senedd term with a focus on building a sustainable and fair economic and social recovery after the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.