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Plaid Cymru pledge to fight for ‘economic fairness’ ahead of manifesto launch

13 Jun 2024 3 minute read
Rhun ap Iorwerth

Plaid Cymru will pledge to secure fairer funding for Wales and get the billions it says the country is owed in rail cash in its manifesto.

Windfall taxes, fighting for money “owed to Wales” in rail funding and devolving the Crown Estate should be used to create green jobs and build prosperity, the party said.

“Fight every day”

Ahead of the manifesto launch in Cardiff on Thursday, the leader of Plaid Cymru Rhun ap Iorwerth said his party would “fight every day” for the billions owed to the country from the HS2 high-speed rail project, and for a fair funding model which “funds our country according to need, not population”.

He said this fairer funding system for Wales would enable greater investment in public services and “better reward our workforce”.

Plaid argues that £4 billion of HS2 funding is owed to Wales because the rail project was designated an “England and Wales” scheme by the UK Treasury – despite the route being entirely in England.

This meant it did not trigger the mechanism which would normally see extra funding given to the devolved nation.

Plaid argues that securing this funding would allow Wales to improve its own public transport and help reverse cuts to local bus services.

The party will also demand fairer funding for Wales, as well as “increasing windfall taxes” and devolving the Crown Estate to create green jobs and build prosperity.

They also call for more money for investment in the NHS, to enable more GPs to be recruited and a new cancer strategy to end “Wales’s postcode lottery for treatment”.

“Not taking Wales for granted”

Mr ap Iorwerth said: “This election is about one thing – the economy.

“What sets Plaid Cymru apart is a record of not taking Wales for granted and always putting the interests of our communities and nation first. We offer a real alternative for Wales.

“That’s why I’m proud to launch our manifesto today that sets out Plaid Cymru’s vision of a fairer, more ambitious future where everyone can reach their potential – regardless of circumstance or background.

“We will fight every day for the billions owed to Wales from the HS2 high-speed rail project, and for a fair funding model which funds our country according to need, not population.

“This will enable us to invest in our public services and better reward our workforce.

“By supporting families and by transferring powers to ensure that more of the decisions that affect Wales are made in Wales, we will address the cost-of-living crisis and provide Welsh solutions to Welsh problems.”

Mr ap Iorwerth said the lack of control over natural resources meant the country was “energy-rich but fuel-poor” and that his party would fight for economic fairness.

He argued that 14 years of Tory cuts had seen public services cut “to the bone” and that Labour would not offer a meaningful change.

“Our communities have been left to pay the price of decades of underinvestment from both London parties,” he said.

“On July 4, we can send a message that Wales won’t be taken for granted any longer and that’s only by electing a strong group of Plaid Cymru MPs that will always demand fairness for their square mile and put Wales’s best interests first in Westminster.”


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Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
1 month ago

‘What sets Plaid Cymru apart is a record of not taking Wales for granted and always putting the interest of our communities and nation first’. Can Plaid really look the Welsh voter in the eye and declare this after all they have done in the ‘cooperation agreement’ with Labour?

I look forward to the manifesto launch in particular with regards to nuclear and the nuclear deterrent because they appear to be all over the place.

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Bob McIntyre
Bob McIntyre
1 month ago

But even if additional funding came to Wales as a result of HS2 would it be wisely spent? One only has to look at the state of public transport in the country, and the amount of money wasted by Transport for Wales on failed schemes, to leave one feeling that it would be throwing good money after bad. Neither Plaid Cymru nor Labour are even prepared to countenance criticism of TfW because it is nationalised and therefore “above the law” as my local MP, MS and County Councillor have all found out in their dealings with TfW. Asking questions elicits… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob McIntyre

Ask the ‘Slim’ Controller in Porthmadog…

Think outside the ‘fire box’ and that Bay…

Other Bays are available…

Welsh Patriot
Welsh Patriot
1 month ago

Where Plaid are actually in power in local Councils, they have raised Council Tax by the highest amount in Wales.
Its very easy to spend other people’s money!

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago
Reply to  Welsh Patriot

I thought all councils and governments spend “other peoples money”, under the current Tory gov, UK taxes are the highest they have ever been, can you name a council that doesn’t spend ” other peoples money” . If you want local public services you have to pay for them, and UK Gov giving less out, has resulted in councils in England, Tory and Labour going bust.

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