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Mark Drakeford: Welsh Government not the answer for every dilemma

11 Jan 2023 2 minute read
Mark Drakeford in the Senedd

The First Minister has said his government “cannot be the answer to every dilemma that Welsh society faces.”

Mr Drakeford was answering a question about the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on third sector organisiations, in the Senedd yesterday (10 January) when he made the comment.

Welsh Conservative Peter Fox MS for Monmouthshire asked: “What support is the Welsh Government providing to third sector organisations to help them through the cost-of-living crisis?

Mr Fox added: “A charity contacted me about the impact of cost-of-living crisis (and said) they are unable to provide additional support to their employees (because) they’ve used the money to expand services rather than help improve staff pay and conditions.”

Mr Drakeford said he recognised the dilemma that Mr Fox raised and agreed that people working in the third sector should be properly rewarded “for their fantastic work … We have increased funding to the sector … most often alongside our local authority partners.”

He added that the pressures on the voluntary sector are “absolutely real” and said: “I’m pleased to say, Llywydd, that the Cabinet committee on the cost of living that met every week in the autumn term had representation from the third sector …”

But, said Mr Drakeford: “Yesterday’s (9 January) announcement by the UK Government of the reduction in support for the third sector in energy costs will mean that there will be even further dilemmas for the sector to bear, and the Welsh Government cannot be the answer to every dilemma that every part of Welsh society faces.”

Inflation

Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) is the national membership organisation for the third sector and volunteering in Wales.

The WCVA told Nation.Cymru that what the sector needs – from funders and decision makers – is the means to pay their staff more than the Living Wage.

Matthew Brown, Director of Operations at WCVA said: “Voluntary organisations in Wales are hugely important during the cost-of-living crisis.”

But with less money coming in said Mr Brown: “The voluntary sector faces real challenges with rising bills and inflation (at a time) when demand for services is soaring.”

Whilst voluntary organisations, “Will always put the needs of their service users first … supporting their staff through the crisis and retaining their expertise is essential for keeping these services going.”


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Riki
Riki
28 days ago

Well there you have it! These people really do make me sick. Why are the Welsh so backwards and non-willing to take responsibility for their own Country? Every word out of this man’s mouth is proof as to why we are the but of every Joke!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
28 days ago

Look out, the Transit pick-up of State is veering to the left!

Give us each a spade and we will bury the pylons, push the railroad through, build more homes…

How about a bit of Pioneerism for a change

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
28 days ago

And I thought every Gov. had a backroom where bright sparks under a blue sky thought outside of the box 8 hours a day to imagine the easily imagined unknowns and, equally important strategies to countered the headwinds and rough seas of modern day bust to bust Brextain. No boom for youngsters to look back on or look forward to and that is beyond sad…

Last edited 28 days ago by Mab Meirion
George Thomas
George Thomas
28 days ago

We need to expand the Senedd so MS can do more to help.
Even after doing this, Welsh Government won’t be able to answer every question.

But it’s not close to easy. It’s not close to easy to travel around or buy/rent houses which means it’s not easy to attract people, to attract workers, to raise taxes…

And too many people looking to exploit others.

Why did we waste relatively good years with Tories in Westminster?

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