Welsh Liberal Democrats Launch Manifesto with Investment in Care, Agriculture and Warm homes

24 Jun 2024
Jane Dodds

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has launched her party's General Election manifesto by setting out plans to fix the broken care system, invest in Welsh agriculture and ensure everyone has a warm home.

At the heart of the Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto is a £417 million rescue package for the NHS pledging an extra £260 million a year by 2028-29 in addition spending.

The Party’s key focus is on fixing social care with a separate £210 million allocated to the sector which the Party says will help enable people to be released from hospital, relieve pressure on the NHS and giving a fair deal to family carers.

It will:

• Boost the Carer's Minimum Wage by an extra 50p per hour in Wales (the carer’s minimum wage is already higher in Wales than England)
• Give unpaid carers a fair deal, lifting Carer's Allowance/Carer Support Payment by £1,040 a year and removing the earnings cliff-edge.

The party's plans will also:

• Establish the world-class mental health services Wales needs, meaning every school pupil has fast access to a mental health counsellor, new mental health staff working alongside GPs and A&Es, and extra help for businesses, backed by £150m from taxing social media companies;
• Deliver £50m more for Welsh agriculture;
• Generate an extra £500 million in capital funding for Wales which the party say could be used to build new local health facilities, tackle the housing emergency, end the scandal of crumbling concrete in public buildings, and stop sewage dumping.
• Make homes warmer and cheaper to heat with a ten-year emergency upgrade programme, starting with free insulation and heat pumps for those on low incomes.

Commenting, the Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds MS said:

"Every vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats at this election is a vote to elect a strong local champion focused on getting you fast access to GPs and dentists, and giving our nation's carers a fair deal.

We will stop sewage being dumped in our rivers, protect our children’s mental health, and deliver warm homes that insulate you from the cost of living crisis.

Our vision is of a better Britain where we work in partnership, cleaning up Welsh politics and fixing our broken relationship with Europe.”

Like the Conservatives, Welsh Labour have let communities down, our NHS outcomes are some of the worst in the country and they have all but abandoned rural Wales.

Hope and change are just around the corner, you only need to vote for them. Back the Welsh Liberal Democrats for a fair deal for you, your family, and for Wales."


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