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Plaid Cymru renews call for fair funding for Wales

04 Jun 2024 3 minute read
Llinos Medi

Plaid Cymru has called for fair funding from Westminster to replace the “outdated” Barnett Formula.

The formula is used to allocate funding to the UK’s devolved administrations but has been widely criticised because it takes no account of different needs or different costs across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It also has no legal standing or democratic justification and being merely a convention, could be changed at will by the Treasury.

Lord Joel Barnett who devised the calculation eventually came to the view that the formula he had devised was unfair.

‘Gutted’

Plaid Cymru’s candidate for Ynys Môn, Llinos Medi, has reiterated her party’s calls for a fair funding model based on Wales’ needs to make a real difference to people’s lives.

She said: “Welsh public services have been gutted due to underfunding by Westminster.

“The current funding model is out of date and just doesn’t take into account our needs as a nation. As a result, our public services are in crisis and billions of pounds worth of Welsh taxpayers’ money is spent on projects in England only.

“Only Plaid Cymru is fighting for a fairer funding deal for Wales in this election. The Tories don’t care – they’ve crashed the economy and left ordinary people to pay the price. Labour are yet to commit to giving Wales the fairness we need – more evidence that they just takes Wals for granted.

“Only Plaid Cymru will fight for the fairness that Wales deserves. Unlike the other parties, we won’t settle for less.

“By voting for Plaid Cymru on 4 July, you’ll get a strong local voice that will demand fairer funding for Wales so we can invest in our NHS, public services and schools and demand the billions owed to us in rail cash to connect our communities north to south.”

General election candidate

Plaid Cymru has also announced Cris Tomos has been selected as its general election candidate for the Mid and South Pembrokeshire Constituency.

Mr Tomos is a community and political activist in Pembrokeshire and was previously the county councillor for Crymych ward and Pembrokeshire cabinet member for Environment, Public Protection and Welsh Language.

He now works for the community development charity PLANED, based in Narberth.

He said: “It is a great privilege to have been chosen as the Plaid Cymru candidate to stand in the general election of the 4th of July” he added “I will be focussing my campaign on how greater powers can be given to communities and neighbourhoods to address local employment, energy and home building  opportunities and develop neighbourhood plans to support carers and those affected by the spiralling day to day expenses and cost of living .”

The Mid and South Pembrokeshire constituency will be contested for the first time at the general election.

As part of constituency changes, the Pembrokeshire seats of Preseli Pembrokeshire and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire were scrapped.

The redrawing of boundaries means parts of north Pembrokeshire – including St Davids – are joining the new Mid and South Pembrokeshire constituency, which replace the Pembrokeshire elements of the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat.

Parts of the north of the county are now in the new Ceredigion Preseli constituency, areas including Crymych and Maenclochog joining with Ceredigion.

Other candidates for the Mid and South Pembrokeshire seat are Welsh Liberal Democrat Alistair Cameron, former minister Stephen Crabb for the Conservatives and Henry Tufnell for Labour.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
17 days ago

Will Plaid Cymru and N.C be remembering the story of the 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers landing on Gold Beach on June 6th 1944?…

A new addition to the D-Day Museum in Hampshire is LCT 7074 a veteran of D-Day…

Those familiar with Liverpool Docks years ago may recall her as the Club Ship Llandfall and before that as the Master Mariners Club. Raised from the bottom of a dock a few years ago and now restored to the humble glory of a Tank Landing Craft Mark3…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
17 days ago

What is it with the media hooked on ‘charismatic’ murders, despots, charlatans of every persuasion and let’s face it self announced Religionist dictators…Farage, Modi. Putin, etc the Media do love chaos, it sells and to hell with the world…

Last edited 17 days ago by Mab Meirion
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
17 days ago

The problem we face as a people & country thanks to Westminster is this. Besides numerous English Conservative & Labour governments over the years refusal to fair fund Wales because it would be detrimental to Scotland, also have screwed us of £4 billion in HS2 consequential. And Labour like the Tories before them have said pointblank that they will not reverse their decision that HS2 was and England & Wales infrastructure project proves once and for all centrist Labour are anti-Wales and Conservative to their rotten core. We Welsh are refused the right to profit from our own natural resources,… Read more »

David
David
17 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Where is the FWA & MAC!

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
17 days ago

‘By voting for Plaid Cymru on 4 July, you’ll get a strong local voice that will demand fairer funding for Wales so we can invest in our NHS, public services and schools and demand the billions owed to us in rail cash to connect our communities north to south’. Anything about the private sector? Anything about growth and bringing jobs to Wales or in the candidates case Anglesey? Or is this another **** business? Speaking of Anglesey I was hoping the candidate for Ynys Mon would have had the time to wish good luck to the brave individuals going all… Read more »

Gareth
Gareth
17 days ago

The farcical way health funding is decided alone should have people up in arms. The UK Gov look at the needs of England, decide how much is going to be spent to service that need, then give us a % of what will be spent in England, regardless of what we need and our different circumstances, and then the Torys have a rant at our health system failing, and then a new Labour Gov elected will follow the same procedure, no wonder we are left behind.

Rhddwen y Sais
Rhddwen y Sais
17 days ago
Reply to  Gareth

It is failing that is without question and large parts of Wales are dependent on English hospitals. Is it all Westminster’s fault?

Last edited 17 days ago by Rhddwen y Sais
CapM
CapM
16 days ago
Reply to  Rhddwen y Sais

These parts of England are dependent on 300 000 000 000 litres per annum of Welsh water.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44966131

For Welsh patients receiving treatment in England, Welsh Local Health Boards pay English providers as per national tariff prices.
(Same arrangement in reverse)

https://research.senedd.wales/research-articles/what-s-the-latest-on-cross-border-healthcare/

Surely a Unionist would see these arrangements as evidence that the Union works for both England and Cymru.
An Anglo-centric Unionist as would be pleased that those arrangements are a net benefit to England.
An English nationalist might secretly acknowledge the advantage but also want to claim that Cymru is a burden that England has to carry.

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