Today’s Annual Draft Budget will provide evidence that the Welsh Liberal Democrats are the most effective party in the National Assembly, Kirsty Williams AM has said today.
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.
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.
Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats continue to show that we are the most effective party in the National Assembly.
“This budget shows that a vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats is a vote for our polices to be put into practice. No other opposition party in the Assembly can claim such a vast record of delivery since the last election.
“Only last week a key government report revealed that, following the introduction of our Pupil Premium policy, there have been significant improvements in literacy, numeracy, and self-esteem for disadvantaged pupils. We have been proven right to have fought hard for this scheme.”
Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Finance Minister, said:
“Whether it is stopping work on the M4, delivering funding for thousands of new apprenticeships, or securing millions of pounds of extra investment in capital projects, 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 draft budget, which delivers on a number of our priorities, is evidence of that.”