Conservatives on attack as stats show Welsh have least to spend: ‘Labour not paying off’
The Conservatives have said that the Labour Welsh Government “is not paying off for the people of Wales” after official statistics showed that people in Wales have the least disposable income.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show gross disposable household income (GDHI) per head for 2019 in Wales was £17,263, compared to an UK-wide average of £21,433.
This compares to £21,978 in England, £19,649 in Scotland, and £17,331 in Northern Ireland.
The part of Wales with the most disposable income per head was Monmouthshire and Newport at £19,273, while people in the Gwent Valleys had the lowest, with a per head average of £15,856.
Welsh Conservative and Shadow Economy Minister Paul Davies MS said that after the pandemic ensuring that people had a disposable income so they and their families can enjoy themselves is more important than ever.
“So for us as a nation to be bottom of the league table once again when it comes to disposable income just shows that Labour is not paying off for the people of Wales,” he said.
“After running Welsh public services and economic development for a quarter of a century, Labour must do better than blame legacy issues, and accept that they are better placed than anyone to foster an entrepreneurial environment in Wales as we strive to recover from the pandemic.
“Sadly, all we get from the Economy Minister is carping on about Brexit or Westminster – devolution is supposed to mean being in charge of our own destiny, yet Labour, as usual, prefer to blame someone else rather than examine its own failures and learn from them.
“We need a wealth-creation strategy: moving to address the brain drain this week is welcome, but it might be too little, too late. We need more direct investment, to nurture start-ups, and improve management of public services in order to make Wales a more attractive place to live.”