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Almost twice as many think Welsh Government is doing good job on Covid than UK Government

01 Mar 2021 2 minutes Read
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Almost twice as many trust the Welsh Government than the UK Government in their handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, a poll has shown.

The St. David’s Day poll for the BBC/ICM shows that 70% trusted the Welsh Government’s handling while only 41% said the same about the Westminster government.

In a statement in response to the findings, the Welsh Government said that their “focus throughout the pandemic has been to keep Wales safe”.

“We’ve introduced an unprecedented series of made-in-Wales measures, working closely with the Welsh NHS, local government, businesses and others, as one Team Wales, to help save lives and livelihoods,” they said.

“We know the last year has been a huge challenge for so many. We thank the people of Wales for their sacrifices and efforts during periods of lockdown, which have been key in driving down infection rates, and helped save so many lives.”

‘Generous’

A UK Government spokesperson said in response to the findings that they had been “tackling the pandemic as one United Kingdom, working closely with the devolved administrations and following the best scientific advice”.

“The UK Government acted quickly to deliver one of the most generous and comprehensive economic packages in the world, supporting more than 500,000 jobs in Wales and providing the Welsh Government with more than £6bn for its own pandemic response,” they said.

“The UK Government has also set up more than 50 testing sites in Wales, supplied additional PPE, set up mass testing when required and provided the support of the UK Armed Forces. It has also procured and distributed hundreds of thousands of vaccines to Wales and the success of the vaccine programme is now bringing the return to normal life within sight.

“As we recover from the pandemic we will prioritise jobs, growth and investment and continue our work to level up all the nations and regions of the UK.”

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