In the chamber today Peter Black AM will highlight the positive influence the Welsh Liberal Democrats have had on the Welsh Government’s Annual Budget.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats secured £223m for their priorities in exchange for allowing the Welsh Government’s budget to pass. This major investment included:
- An increase in the Pupil Deprivation Grant: in 2015/16 each school will receive £1,050 for every pupil eligible to receive free schools meals, increasing to £1,150 for 2016/17;
- the Pupil Deprivation Grant will be extended to under 5s, worth £300 per pupil on free school meals;
- a ‘Youth Travellers Concessionary Fare Scheme’ for 16-18 year olds worth nearly £15m;
- extra childcare investment for further education students in Wales who are parents, investing in a pilot scheme promoted by the National Union of Students;
- 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 and a detailed Environmental Impact Study into the project will be commissioned.
Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Finance said:
"Through this budget, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have delivered a major investment into our schools, while also offering a huge boost to Wales’ economy.
"Schools up and down Wales will once again be benefiting because of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. We remain determined to give extra support to Wales’ poorest pupils.
"Affordable public transport is key to enabling young people to access work, education, training and apprenticeships. Now, because of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, people aged 16-18 will have the help they need to travel to allow them to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.
"Our priority has always been to build a stronger economy and a fairer society, enabling opportunity for all – and that is exactly what our achievements in this budget are helping to deliver."