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  • Aled Roberts AM talking with pupils
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Commenting on a leaked report from 2007 that detailed many criticisms and recommendations that featured in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) report published earlier this month, Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Education, said:

    "The OECD's report published earlier this month was a damning indictment of Welsh Labour's fifteen-year failure to get to grips with education in Wales. To now discover that many of its findings and recommendations had already been raised with the Welsh Labour Government over six years ago is astonishing.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    The Wales Audit Office's newly published report into European Structural Funds highlights the huge importance of Wales remaining in the EU, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have argued today (24th).

    The report makes clear that by the end of 2013, the value of EU funding under the 2007-2013 structural funds programmes is equivalent to around £1.9 billion. With other match funding from UK sources, the total value of the programmes over the whole period has been worth around £3.2 billion.

  • Eluned Parrott portrait (Stephen Radford)
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Commenting on figures published today showing unemployment in Wales fell by 6,000 in the 3 months to February 2014, Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Economy Minister, said:

    "Liberal Democrats in the UK Government are building a stronger economy and today we can see what that means for people in Wales.

  • Outside portrait
    Article: Apr 2, 2014

    The Welsh Government has been accused of burying its head in the sand over serious concerns regarding Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) services in Wales. This follows warnings that there has been little progress since a review in 2009 and young people continue to be put at risk with a failure to address significant safety issues.

  • Document: Apr 1, 2014
  • Mark Williams MP
    Article: Mar 31, 2014

    Today it has been announced that the Government is seeking to bring forward proposals in the Queen's Speech to amend the criminal law on child neglect to ensure it includes emotional and psychological neglect, following intense pressure from Mark Williams MP and Action for Children. This is the culmination of a long campaign, which has sought to see the law changed through amendments proposed in the House of Lords, and most recently through Mark Williams' Child Maltreatment Bill.

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Mar 31, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government, Peter Black has called on the government to include a statutory duty in the Housing (Wales) Bill for its own Ministers to set termly targets for the supply of new affordable homes.

    Mr. Black has tabled an amendment for consideration by the Assembly when it debates the general principles of the Housing (Wales) Bill on Tuesday. He believes that the haphazard approach to targets, including the definition of what is and is not an affordable home can be cleared up with a statutory duty.

  • Eluned Parrott portrait (Stephen Radford)
    Article: Mar 26, 2014

    Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Transport, has spoken of her disbelief today after the Transport Minister appeared not to know her own Government's business case for electrification.

    When asked about details of the business case Edwina Hart, said she was unable to answer as she was not aware what was in the document and hadn't brought a copy with her.

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Mar 26, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government, Peter Black has reiterated his support for a change in regulations allowing for flexible council tax charges on empty properties.

    Speaking ahead of an Assembly debate on Council Tax, Mr Black said:

    "I have been advocating changes in regulations allowing Local Authorities to increase charges on empty properties for several years. The Welsh Liberal Democrats brought this debate to the Assembly back in 2008 and several times since then.

  • Outside portrait
    Article: Mar 26, 2014

    Emergency ambulance response times in February were the worst they have been since a new system was introduced in 2011, figures published today have shown.

    52.8% of emergency responses to Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls arrived at the scene within 8 minutes. This is despite the target being for 65% of ambulances to arrive within that time.

  • Aled Roberts portrait
    Article: Mar 25, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have voted against the Education (Wales) Bill that was presented to Assembly Members earlier this afternoon (Tuesday).

    The Bill was, however, voted through by a majority of other Assembly Members and will now become law.

    Speaking after the vote on the Education (Wales) Bill, Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Education, said:

  • AdLib Shoot
    Article: Mar 25, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for the Welsh Labour Government to view spending on modern medicines as an investment, rather than just a cost. The party believes that this should be done by extending the Health Technology Fund to support the development of new medicines and to fund research into a stratified medicine approach.

  • Document: Mar 25, 2014
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  • Outside portrait
    Article: Mar 19, 2014

    Responding to today's Budget announcement, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats commented:

    "This budget takes place during the backdrop of a record number of people in work and with business investment forecast to increase. Forming the coalition provided the UK with the stable Government it needed to sort out Labour's financial mess. Liberal Democrat policies are at the heart of the long term economic plan that is delivering jobs and growth in Wales.

  • Aled Roberts portrait
    Article: Mar 19, 2014

    Commenting on the findings of WJEC's Internal Review into this January's GCSE English Language Unit 1 and 2 results, Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Education said:

    "Barring inconsistent work by one examiner, the review found that papers were marked both accurately and consistently. Where that has not been the case, it is absolutely right for WJEC to re-mark that particular examiner's work.

  • Kirsty Williams
    Article: Mar 18, 2014

    F ollowing an announcement that England is to have a new Early Years Pupil Premium, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling on the Welsh Labour Government to extend the Pupil Deprivation Grant to nursery pupils.

    It has been announced today that a new Early Years Pupil Premium will be introduced in England to help ensure children get the best possible start in life. £50 million will be invested in 2015-16 giving early years providers more support to help those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. This will help providers employ more highly qualified staff, for example, or to increase access to services such as speech and language specialists.

  • Peter Black portrait (Richard Thomas)
    Article: Mar 17, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Housing Spokesperson, Peter Black has expressed his concern at the lack of progress by the Welsh Government in bringing empty homes around Wales back into use.

    Welsh Government statistics published on the Houses into Homes scheme have shown that in the 18 month period between the scheme being launched and September 2013, only 313 houses have been brought back into use. The Government's target is 5,000 empty homes being restored to habitation over the five year Assembly term.