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100 Days: The positive impact for Welsh people of the Liberal Democrats in Coalition

August 18, 2010 1:08 PM

Commenting on the 100th day of the Westminster Coalition Government, Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

After thirteen years of Labour government, Wales was left with a third of children living in poverty, a wider gap between rich and poor than under the Conservatives and the lowest social mobility in Western Europe.

Securing the economic recovery and getting people back into jobs is paramount for the Coalition Government. Tackling Labours huge deficit is essential to restoring growth in the economy and giving people hope for the future.

The Government has acted swiftly to ensure a referendum on law making powers takes place as early as possible. The Liberal Democrats in Government at Westminster are now delivering on our 100 year old commitment to devolve real power from Westminster to the Welsh people.

A large number of key Liberal Democrats policies are now being implemented in Wales as a result of Liberal Democrat influence in Government. These include everything from fairer taxes and benefits, cleaning up our politics, to prison reforms and fairer pensions.

Examples of Liberal Democrat policies now being pursued by the Government include:

  • An increase in the income tax threshold will lift 50,000 people in Wales out of income tax altogether and put £200 extra money in the pockets of hard working families.
  • 100,000 people in Wales are eligible for the increase in Child Tax Credits of £150 announced in the budget as part of the drive to tackle child poverty.
  • Restoring the pensions link with earnings, which was scrapped by the Conservatives and shamefully retained by Labour. The Governments triple-lock guarantees that the state pension will increase in line with earnings or prices or 2.5% - whichever is higher and will benefit 615,000 pensioners in Wales.

Lower paid public sector workers in Wales (earning less than £21,000) have been protected from wage freezes and been given a £250 increase for the next two years, benefiting 89,000 public sector workers in Wales.