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  • Kids school meal
    Article: Sep 2, 2014

    Welsh infants are missing out on a free hot school meal every day because of the Welsh Labour Government, while their English peers sit down to a free meal every day as they head back to school this week.

    Liberal Democrats in Government have introduced free school meals for all pupils aged 4-7 in England, starting with this academic year. The move will save the average family £400 a year per child; a welcome ease to household budgets. This comes as the Liberal Democrats announce this week their manifesto commitment to expand the policy to all primary school pupils.

  • Father and baby
    Article: Aug 30, 2014

    Liberal Democrats will give fathers an extra four weeks paternity leave under manifesto plans announced today.

    Currently fathers are entitled to two weeks paternity leave but the Liberal Democrats want to go further and dedicate an extra four weeks exclusively to fathers. This will increase the protected paternity leave for dads to six weeks.

  • Mark Williams
    Article: Aug 28, 2014

    Mark Williams, the Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Ceredigion, has welcomed the news from DHL that as of 1st January 2015, no areas of Wales will be charged for delivery just for being in a rural area.

    DHL have been persuaded to drop the £16 charge by Mark Williams, who expressed his concerns that the 'Remote Area Service' charges were unfair to those living in rural areas, and was particularly damaging to all those running small businesses.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2014

    A Liberal Democrat government would allow football clubs in the top divisions to introduce safe standing areas into their grounds.

    Under manifesto plans announced today, football clubs would be allowed to work with their supporters to introduce standing areas.

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have already supported calls in the Welsh Assembly to introduce safe standing for football grounds, but the Liberal Democrats' manifesto announcement would go further in making this a reality.

  • Aled Roberts conference
    Article: Aug 21, 2014

    The Welsh Labour Government has revealed to universities this week that it is scrapping the Financial Contingency Fund for higher education students.

    This fund gave support to over 5,000 university students last year, with over £2million being handed out to fund books, childcare and disability costs for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Universities are now expected to make alternative arrangements to support students, but have been given less than a month to do so by the Welsh Labour Government before the new academic year begins.

  • Severn bridge tolls launch
    Article: Aug 18, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have announced today that the party would scrap the Severn Bridge tolls if in Government after the next election.

    The Severn Crossings are currently managed by a private company. The concession will end when a revenue target collected from tolls is reached. Current forecasts are that the concession will end in 2018. Once the tolls are transferred into public ownership and debts are repaid, the Liberal Democrats have pledged to scrap the tolls completely.

  • AdLib Shoot
    Article: Aug 11, 2014

    Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has today announced that she has won her party's commitment to overhaul the current unfair funding system for Wales.

    Going into the General Election, the Liberal Democrats will pledge that Wales will have fairer funding for the next parliament, which could mean hundreds of millions of pounds of extra funding for Wales.

  • Kirsty Brecon Hospital
    Article: Jul 30, 2014

    Nurses in Wales are constantly telling me that they're under pressure. They're firefighting at the frontline with increasing workloads and frustrated at being unable to provide the quality of care that they are trained to, and want to, deliver. 

    Whenever I'm talking to people up and down Wales, they're shocked when I tell them that there is currently no legal duty to provide safe nurse staffing levels in Welsh hospitals. That's why I'm pleased to be launching my draft Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill today for consultation.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Economy, writes...

    When the Liberal Democrats helped form the Coalition Government, our number one objective was to get our economy back on track. Now, because of the Liberal Democrats, the UK economy is predicted to be the fastest growing in the western world this year.

  • Adlib shoot
    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    A report into critical care in the Welsh NHS, from June, published today by the health minister states that:

    • Wales has the lowest critical care capacity in Europe

    • There is an immediate need for an additional 73 beds in Wales

    • The number of critical care beds in Wales has declined since 1999

    • Most Welsh critical care units routinely run at above the recommended 75 per cent bed occupancy rate
  • Aled Roberts portrait
    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Following the publication of the Public Accounts Committee's report on the subsidised air service between Cardiff and Anglesey, Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat member of the Public Accounts committee and Assembly Member for North Wales, said:

    "The Welsh Liberal Democrats would scrap this wasteful and polluting subsidy. This costly venture does little to address the real problems of public transport links between North and South.

  • Eluned Parrott
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Economy Minister Eluned Parrott has slammed today's announcement that the 'black route' will be followed for the new M4 relief road.

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats prefer the 'blue route', which is the redevelopment of the A48 Southern Distributor Road and A4810 Steelworks Access Road. This route was not consulted upon by the Welsh Government in this latest consultation.

  • Kirsty at conference rally Glasgow 2013
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Ann Clwyd, the Welsh Labour MP, today gave evidence to the Welsh Assembly's Health Committee on the state of our NHS in Wales.

    Despite multiple attempts by Labour to halt Ann Clwyd's appearance at the Committee, she gave evidence to AMs today. She said that her evidence showed people were "too scared" to complain about their services for fear of upsetting the staff that treated them.

  • Peter Black conference
    Article: Jul 15, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have revealed today that many people in Wales are waiting months on end until they can attend an NHS hearing reassessment.

    A Freedom of Information request by the Welsh Liberal Democrats to Health Boards reveals that waiting times for:

    • hearing aid reassessments within Cwm Taf (Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil areas) are more than 17 months; 
  • Kirsty conference stage
    Article: Jul 11, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have unearthed figures that show that over £171million has been handed out by Welsh Health Boards to patients and their relatives due to 'clinical negligence' since 2011.

    These staggering sums of money were uncovered after the Welsh Liberal Democrats raised the issue of payouts by the NHS due to poor care. The Welsh Labour Health Minister's response revealed the true scale of the issue.

  • Eluned Parrott
    Article: Jul 10, 2014

    The Welsh Labour Government's flagship Jobs Growth Wales scheme is failing to stem the increasing number of young people not in employment or training.

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats launched the attack following the publication of a damning report by the Welsh Audit Office. The report concluded that the Welsh Labour Government is not doing enough to tackle the rising number of those not in education, employment or training (NEETs) aged between 19 and 24.

  • Cutout of Kirsty Williams
    Article: Jul 8, 2014

    Alun Davies, the former Labour Minister of Natural Resources and Food, has been sacked by the First Minister.

    This is following news that he attempted to mount a smear campaign against five Assembly Members, including Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams and William Powell, by requesting private information about agricultural payments.

  • Carers bonus graphic
    Article: Jul 3, 2014

    Over 60,000 Welsh carers will receive an annual bonus under a Liberal Democrat UK government, it has been announced today.

    Liberal Democrats have made a manifesto pledge to give carers £250 per year, by the end of the next parliament.

    In total more than 63,500 people in Wales would benefit from the Carer's Bonus. The annual payment will help full-time carers get a bit of extra help and recognises the invaluable contribution they make to society.

  • Peter Black conference
    Article: Jul 3, 2014

    Ahead of the Tour de France's Grand Départ in Yorkshire on Saturday, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have repeated their calls for a stage of the Tour to come to Wales.

    It was in the Welsh Liberal Democrat 2011 manifesto for Wales to bid for the Tour de France, and with the world-famous race visiting England this year, the possibility of visiting Wales in the future is even greater.

  • Peter Black portrait
    Article: Jul 2, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Local Government and Equalities, Peter Black, has accused the Welsh Labour Government of failing to sort out the confusion and bureaucracy surrounding the issuing of blue badges to disabled and elderly people in Wales.

    Peter hosted a debate on this issue in the National Assembly on Wednesday.