Plaid's half-baked pension plans don't add up - Kirsty Williams

January 18, 2010 4:05 PM

Commenting on Plaid Cymru s promise of a 30% pensions increase, announced today, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said: "These half-baked plans will never see the light of day, because the sums just don t add up. You simply cannot fund huge pension increases for millions of people, without endangering the front line services upon which many older people depend. More importantly you can t implement a policy in Westminster with just two or three MPs."

"Plaid Cymru seem to think the only thing that matters to older people is pensions, the reality is more complex. Welsh Liberal Democrats would combine our plans to uprate the basic state pension in line with earnings, with a national programme of home insulation, reducing fuel bills for the poorest pensioners.

"Welsh Liberal Democrats would also scrap ID cards to fund an increase in policing numbers, aimed at improving safety and reducing the fear of crime. Furthermore, we propose privatising Royal Mail to invest its profits in the post office network and would scrap Labour's unfair bingo tax."

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