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Opposition parties join together to oppose draft budget

November 10, 2011 10:11 PM
Originally published by Peter Black and South Wales West Liberal Democrats

The three opposition parties in the National Assembly for Wales, the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Conservatives have agreed to table a joint amendment opposing the Labour Government's draft budget.

The National Assembly for Wales…

Declines to support the draft budget of the Welsh Government for 2012-13, laid in the Table Office on 4 October 2011 by the Minister for Finance, on the grounds that it does not adequately address:

a) The financial pressures faced by the National Health Service;

b) The worsening economic crisis;

c) The financial pressures faced by schools to meet the needs of disadvantaged children; and

d) The financial pressures on capital projects.

Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Finance Minister said:

"We have agreed to table a joint amendment to Labour's draft budget because we don't feel that this is the right budget for Wales.

"Labour's priorities are all out of synch with the needs of the people of Wales and this budget will do nothing for our economy, our schools and our NHS. Their plan to deal with the current and deepening economic crisis is lightweight and does little to inspire confidence in our business sector.

"We want a budget that will work for the people of Wales and the Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to talk and listen to other parties so that we can deliver what is in the best interest of Wales."

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