WASTE WATCHERS - Day 12

April 15, 2011 12:00 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats will expose an example of the waste and inefficiency of Labour and Plaid Cymru in government on each day of the Welsh general election campaign.

It was revealed last month that the cost of running empty office space across the Labour-Plaid government estate cost over £1,200 a day. The total amount of vacant space within the Assembly Government's administrative estate stands at 1,817 square metres.

The total annual running costs - including rent, rates, service charges, utilities, cleaning and maintenance - was £449,927 "as at March 31st 2011". That's up from £344,173 the previous year, when the total vacant space was 1,441 square metres.

Sian Anne Cliff, Cardiff South and Penarth Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Candidate said:

"This is yet another example of Labour-Plaid government waste. It's quite shocking that they whinge about difficult spending decisions being made in Westminster while they are wasting money left, right and centre. They could have spent this money on making public buildings energy efficient.

"During the Welsh General Election campaign, the Welsh Liberal Democrats will expose the waste and inefficiency of the Labour-Plaid government over the past four years. When every family, charity and business is having to make every pound stretch that little bit further, Wales needs a government that does the same.

"Labour and Plaid Cymru have made waste, incompetence and inefficiency into an art form and they cannot be allowed to have another five years with Welsh tax payers' money".

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