The Welsh Liberal Democrats have been demanding action on several key areas outlined in today’s budget, engaging with Welsh Government Ministers since the May election.
These included increased and protected spending for mental health services, greater support for children and young people in care, and up-skilling young people for green jobs.
Commenting ahead of the budget announcement, Party Leader Jane Dodds MS said:
“The Welsh Lib Dems priority at the election was a fair and green recovery after the pandemic. Ensuring our NHS and care services were supported, providing opportunities for children and young people, supporting workers and small businesses, and putting the climate crisis at the heart of our economy.
Discussing what she wants to see from the budget Dodds said:
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats want to see an increase in funding for mental health services and a dedicated fund for mental health services.
“The number of people reporting concerns with their mental health had increased pre-pandemic, as had the number of people seeking treatment. Since the start of COVID-19 this has only accelerated rapidly, especially in young people.
“What concerns me most is that young people are finding it incredibly difficult to access services. The number of young people waiting more than 4 weeks for an assessment is the highest on record. We also know that people facing delays with their treatment and care are also finding things difficult. They cannot be forgotten.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats have a strong record of prioritising support for mental health services and creating parity of esteem between physical and mental health. We will continue those efforts until that becomes a reality for everyone in Wales.”