Health & Fitness Senedd Election 2021: Lib Dem manifesto promises free buses for under 25s and £1bn a year to fight climate change
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Thehave published for the Senedd election on May 6.
Their leader Jane Dodds has pledged that “every single policy announced by the Welsh Liberal Democrats will put recovery first” and to do anything else would be “foolish.”
The party currently has one MS, Kirsty Williams, who has been in the Welsh Government for the past five years as education minister.
Asuggested that the Lib Dems should hold the seat but this is by no means guaranteed as the Ms Williams, who is a popular MS locally, will be standing down after more than 20 years.
As part of their manifesto the Lib Dems have made a number of pledges including:
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Free bus travel for the under 25s
Work towards re-joining the Single Market and Customs Union, as part of the scheduled renegotiation with the EU in 2025
A new £500m Welsh Towns Fund, to invest in town centres and high streets
Freezing business rates before scrapping them and replacing them with a fairer system of taxation.
Investing £1bn per year to face up to the climate emergency
30,000 new build social homes for rent
Investment to retrofit existing homes to make them more energy efficient
An investment in mental health increasing year on year until it reaches 13% of all NHS spend by 2028
Investing in Personal Learning Accounts to allow people to up-skill and re-skill
A Clean Air Act, along with a commitment to spend 10% of the transport budget on active travel
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Ensure that in the next five years at least 90% of homes and businesses in Wales have access to full fibre broadband
Commit to ending homelessness, by adopting a wide range of policies including increasing the Housing Support Grant
Pass a Welsh Language Education for All Act, normalising the Welsh language in education
Ensure any future funding scheme for farming provides not a penny less for farming and agriculture.
At the launch Jane Dodds is expected to say: “Wales needs a recovery - an economic recovery, an environmental recovery and a caring recovery.
“Wales is at a turning point and now is the time to decide how we move on from Covid and how we want Wales to look in five years’ time. That’s why we want to put recovery first. To prioritise anything else would be foolish. We will:
Secure our economic recovery;
Prioritise our environmental recovery; and
Deliver a caring recovery.
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“The next Welsh Government will face a huge challenge in the problems that already existed in our country and which have been made worse as a result of Covid.
“Wales cannot afford for any party or any government to put anything other than our recovery first. That is precisely what a vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats will be.”
The party has also promised to tackle the mental health crisis.
The manifesto reads: “We’ll do this by taking a cross-government approach to mental health and wellbeing from schools to community services and increase spending on mental health services.”
The biggest challenge facing Wales and the world is man made global warming.
On climate change the manifesto says: “We’ll be investing £1bn per year to face up to the climate emergency, the boldest plan of any political party on climate change.
“This investment will help us make homes warmer and more energy-efficient, cut household energy bills and tackle fuel poverty, invest in cleaner, greener transport, take action against biodiversity loss and flooding.”
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