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WAG must look at its spending as we face difficult financial times - Kirsty Williams

May 18, 2010 10:57 AM

The Labour-Plaid government must review its spending as we face spending cuts in the years ahead, thats the message from Kirsty Williams today.

Figures from a Permanent Secretary letter to Kirsty Williams show that over the last three years, £2,321,560 was spent on bonuses for Senior Civil Servants.

In light of the significant pressures on public finances and the economy still in the early days of recovery, the Labour-Plaid government must look at every aspect of its spending.

In 2009, the Northern Ireland Assembly announced that Senior Civil Servants would not receive a bonus.

Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

"We are facing difficult financial times ahead. As the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury kindly reminded the incoming government, 'theres no money left.

"Over the last three years, £2.3 million was spent on paying the bonuses of Senior Civil Servants. When thousands of people in Wales are losing their jobs and our finances in a dire state, it is not appropriate for Senior Civil Servants to be receiving bonuses.

"In 2009, Northern Ireland decided to stop paying Senior Civil Service bonuses as they understood the difficult financial challenges ahead. While it is admirable that the Welsh Permanent Secretary did not take her bonus for last year, her colleagues did take a bonus cheque home. While I value Senior Civil Servants commitment and dedication to their work, we are facing difficult times ahead and money should be more effectively spent and thats why the Labour-Plaid government must be scrutinising every pound of money spent.

"Welsh tax payers must be reassured that their hard earned money is being spent effectively and targeted to make sure that the services they rely on, like health and education, are protected."