The Policy Working Group's Remit
What is needed to create a healthier Wales where your health and access to health are not services selected according to your postcode or income?
- How to create a social care service that's free to use, promotes independence, and works in partnership with others to promote good health and wellbeing?
- How to get the best out of our health and social care workforce so that they have the resources and the support they need to provide care and assistance to those that need it?
- How to create a healthier Wales where people and communities are supported to sustain good health and where your postcode does not determine your health outcomes?
- What more can we do to prevent poor health?
- Few results have been achieved through our existing approach to promoting good mental health. How can we provide better mental health services across Wales and promote good mental health and wellbeing?
- How to improve access to essential services at a local level and ensure that investment is targeted at building capacity within frontline and preventative services? Does this differ between rural and urban geographies?
- How should we ensure that our workforces and patients have access to the latest technology and the medicines?
The Working Group's Task
The aim of each Working Group will be to consider and respond to key policy questions and present findings, evidence, and policy proposals (or broad policy aims and objectives) that are essential to the 2021 election and which represent gaps in the party’s existing body of policy. The group should also consider what policy from 2016 and 2019 manifestos can be ‘carried over’ to our 2021 manifesto.
The group will take evidence and consult as widely as possible both within and outside the party. This evidence should inform the group’s proposals. Working Groups are expected to produce a Local party Events Pack’ to engage members on a local level in their work. This also includes the potential to deliver two virtual engagement sessions with members across Wales.
It is recommended that the Working Group appoint a Chair who can liaise with the Policy Development Committee, Policy Development Executive Officer, and Staff.
A policy paper (of no longer than 10,000 words) should be produced for consideration by the Policy Development Committee. Papers should:
- Provide an assessment of the key challenges within the policy area or theme (including those as a result of COVID);
- Provide a vision or objective that the Welsh Liberal Democrats would seek to deliver (a statement of intent);
- Present policy solutions that allow us to be bold, distinctive and proudly liberal in our response;
- Provide an assessment of the likely key debates or policy issues for the 2021 election and which parties will ‘major’ on those issues;
- Consider the campaigning implications of your proposals.
The Working Group should also produce, in addition to the policy paper, a Policy Pitch for each of the key policies it believes the Welsh Liberal Democrats should adopt for our 2021 Manifesto.
In its work the Policy Working Group is to consider:
- General objectives of public health policy in a Liberal society;
- Access to GP, and other community health services;
- Mental health services and promoting good mental health and resilience;
- Proposals for national care services, funded by ring-fenced taxation, and our response;
- Health spending, and its demand on the Welsh Government budget;
- Access to services in rural Wales and areas affected by population density;
- Urban services;
- Recruitment, retention and conditions of the health and care workforce;
- Determinants of health and related environmental policy priorities, housing, education etc;
- Using technology and digitising services.
The group is also expected to consider and address Liberal Democrat principles on diversity and equalities in developing their proposals. The process should take into account existing policy. Consideration should also be given to policy priorities, and implications for constitutional reform.
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