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News from the Welsh Lib Dems

  • Kirsty Williams AdLib Shoot
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Today, the Smith Commission report has been published, setting out the agreed cross-party vision for devolution to Scotland.

    Responding to the, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams said:

    "I welcome today's Smith Commission report which I believe is another giant step towards the long held Liberal Democrat vision of a Federal United Kingdom and Home Rule.

  • Page: Nov 25, 2014

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Conference

    Conference is the sovereign body of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. It is where policy is debated and decided. It is where our members hold our elected representatives to account. It is also an opportunity for members to network and learn best practices from the council chamber to the Assembly Siambr and beyond. It is also where external organisations get to meet with our elected representatives and our grassroots members, where they can put forward their ideas and policy suggestions.

  • Arriva Trains Wales carriage
    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    The Welsh Lib Dems are urging the Welsh Government to use its newly devolved powers around rail franchising to plan for the future with a Welsh Rolling Stock Strategy, investing in new train carriages and ensuring the future growth of our rail services.

    Around 73% of the existing fleet of carriages will be unable to operate after 2020 due to electrification, franchise renewal and EU accessibility legislation coming into force. The Welsh Lib Dems want the Welsh Government to put plans in place now to ensure this is done smoothly and efficiently.

  • Mental health
    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    A Welsh Assembly inquiry into Welsh Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has found that the service "does not have capacity to meet the demands currently placed on it."

    Over the last four years, there has been a 100% increase in demand for CAMHS, yet the Children, Young People and Education Committee found that evidence "overwhelmingly suggest a perception of significant under-capacity within specialist CAMHS and this was leading to long waiting lists and increasing difficulties in accessing the service."

  • Eluned Parrott portrait (Stephen Radford)
    Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Eluned Parrott AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister, has welcomed the news that the Welsh rail franchise will be devolved to the Welsh Government and that the Valleys lines electrification will go ahead. She writes below...

    Today's announcement is a landmark as it means decisions on Welsh train services will now be made in Wales. The fact that this power has been brought closer to the people of Wales shows just how strong the Liberal Democrat influence is in the Wales Office.

  • Eluned Parrott
    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Welsh Liberal Democrat AM Eluned Parrott has urged the Welsh Government to create a Welsh Music Education Strategy.

    Eluned Parrott challenged the Welsh Education Minister in the Assembly Chamber as Rhondda Cynon Taff Council are holding a consultation on cutting their schools' music service in favour of a privatised service.

  • Rainbow flag
    Article: Nov 18, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats are marking Transgender Awareness Week on Wednesday by leading a landmark Welsh Assembly debate on issues faced by Welsh trans people.

    It is thought to be the first time this topic has been discussed in-depth by the National Assembly for Wales. It is estimated there are over 31,300 trans people in Wales, yet there are significant problems relating to adequate healthcare and housing provision. Welsh Lib Dem Assembly Members will be raising these issues, in addition to the perception of trans people in Wales and what can be done to further raise awareness of gender equality issues in order to reduce stigma.

  • Severn Bridge tolls AMs
    Article: Nov 12, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling on all parties in the National Assembly to support the Liberal Democrat policy of scrapping the Severn Bridge tolls when the bridges come back into public ownership, as they lead a debate on the issue today.

    The Severn Crossings are currently managed by a private concessionaire. 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.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2014

    Today's unemployment figures for Wales show an increase in Welsh unemployment and the historical gap in unemployment rates compared to the UK average remains.

    Unemployment across Wales rose in the last month by 4,000 whilst the UK as a whole saw a fall. Compared to this time last year, unemployment in Wales is down 1.1%, compared to 1.7% across the UK as a whole.

  • Kirsty at conference rally Glasgow 2013
    Article: Nov 11, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed announcements today that the Coalition Government will publish plans for a reserved powers model for Wales, and that 16 year olds will be able to vote in a future income tax referendum.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Wales Office Minister Jenny Randerson made the announcements to the House of Lords today, having been driving the devolution agenda for Wales in the aftermath of the Scottish referendum.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Following the announcement that the Welsh Government has extended the North-South air link service until 2018, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister Eluned Parrott said:

    "Extending this costly North-South air link is yet another mistake by the Welsh Labour Government. Labour Ministers have poured millions into this wasteful and polluting subsidy, with little to no gain for people in North Wales.

  • Eluned Parrott
    Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Following revelations by the Week In, Week Out programme that the Welsh Government has purchased property as far ago as 2005 in preparation for the M4 'black route', the Welsh Liberal Democrats have warned that the final route decision could have been prejudiced.

    The programme has revealed that land bought as long ago as 2005 has not been declared surplus to requirements and sold off - as is Government policy.

  • Aled Roberts conference
    Article: Nov 10, 2014

    A report released today claiming Welsh care homes are seen as places of "irreversible decline" shows the need for a rethink on care homes, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said today.

    The report, published by the Older Person's Commissioner for Wales, claimed that many older people currently living in care homes lived an "unacceptable quality of life".

  • Eluned Parrott outside shops
    Article: Nov 6, 2014

    Members of Cardiff Central Liberal Democrats have selected Eluned Parrott AM as their candidate for the 2016 Welsh Assembly elections.

    Eluned was elected as the Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for South Wales Central in 2011, and since her election she has served as her party's Shadow Minister for the Economy, Business, Transport and Europe. In her first year as an Assembly Member she won the ITV Wales Politician of the Year 'One to Watch' award.

  • Eluned Parrott portrait (Stephen Radford)
    Article: Nov 4, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have renewed their calls for a national train rolling stock strategy following a weekend marked by train cancellations and overcrowding on the Welsh network.

    Speaking in the Assembly, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister Eluned Parrott AM said:

    "Recently several services run by Arriva Trains Wales as part of the Wales and Borders Franchise have either been cancelled or had their capacity cut as train carriages are deployed elsewhere on the network due to failing rolling stock.

  • Kids school meal
    Article: Nov 4, 2014

    To mark National School Meals Week, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised the Welsh Labour Government for refusing to give free school meals to all infants in Wales, despite being given money that would allow it to do so.

    The Liberal Democrats in Government introduced this policy in England, which was successfully implemented at start of this school year. The move will save the average family £400 a year per child; a welcome ease to household budgets. The Liberal Democrats have also announced a manifesto commitment to expand the policy to all primary school pupils.

  • Aled Roberts conference
    Article: Nov 4, 2014

    North Wales' health services have been subject to fresh troubles today as Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board's 'Escalation and Intervention' arrangements have now been raised to only one position below being in special measures.

    In a letter to the Welsh Assembly's Public Accounts Committee, the Chief Executive of NHS Wales Dr Andrew Goodall said that the health board needed support to ensure it was able to address the challenges it faces. It has stated that its escalation status should be raised to the category of 'Targeted Intervention' which is one step away from being placed into special measures.

  • House
    Article: Nov 3, 2014

    At least 2,096 people in Wales have been on a housing waiting list for over ten years, figures published by the Welsh Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    The figures, which were uncovered via Freedom of Information requests, also show that a staggering 8,596 people have been waiting over five years for a house.

  • Drugs laws
    Article: Oct 31, 2014

    Statistics released this week showing the rising number of treatment agency admissions for drug poisoning shows the current 'war on drugs' is not working, the Welsh Lib Dems have said.

    In 2013-14, there was a 10.1% increase in the number of working-age adults (25-49 years old) being admitted to treatment agencies for drug-related conditions - this figure now stands at 2,886.

  • Aled Roberts AM talking with pupils
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Following the publication of an report into the Welsh Liberal Democrat flagship Pupil Deprivation Grant, our Shadow Education Minister Aled Roberts writes...

    It is encouraging to see that this Welsh Government-commissioned report has identified a number of positive indicators to show that the PDG is having its intended effect. Particularly, there is evidence to show that a significant amount of new activity has been undertaken to support disadvantaged pupils; there has also been a culture change in schools which has improved the way they tackle disadvantage and monitor impact.