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Tories accuse Welsh Government of failing to ease the burden for those ‘facing severe cost-of-living pressures’

04 May 2022 3 minutes Read
Sam Rowlands. Photo Conwy County Council.

The Welsh Government has been accused of failing to ease the burden on residents across the country “who are facing severe cost-of-living pressures”.

The Welsh Conservatives also claim quality of life in Wales has barely improved under the Labour government and say council tax increases are a result of the “historic underfunding of councils from successive Labour Governments in Cardiff Bay”.

Labour ministers are also accused of failing to use “devolved levers to support hardworking families and keep money in residents pockets’” to help those struggling due to the current cost-of-living crisis.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Local Government, Sam Rowlands MS, said: “Residents all across Wales are paying the price in all aspects of society because of Labour’s ever-growing catalogue of mistakes and quality of life for many has barely improved.

“We are faced with cash-starved councils, a stalling economy, spiralling waiting lists and the chronic underfunding of schools have left generations without the ability to aspire and live a fulfilled life.

“And the blame lies squarely at the feet of Labour ministers – both past and present – and their nationalist helpers in Plaid who have sat idly by and failed to act as the problems escalated.”

Last-minute pitch

In a last-minute pitch for votes before tomorrow’s local elections across Wales, he added: “On May 5th residents across Wales have a clear choice to make. It is either years of more failure from Labour and Plaid, or time for meaningful change to build stronger and safer communities with the Welsh Conservatives.

“We will help businesses thrive and create jobs for local people, restore pride in our towns and villages, empower local communities and tackle blights on our communities. It is time for change.”

According to a poll published yesterday by Electoral Calculus and Find Out Now, Welsh Labour are predicted to return to levels of support last seen in the mid-90s, taking a swathe of Plaid Cymru and Conservative seats with them.

The poll has projected that Labour could take Carmarthenshire from Plaid Cymru while the only other council in Wales predicted to change hands is the Vale of Glamorgan, returning to the Conservative fold.

The Tories won 23 seats at the Vale of Glamorgan in 2017 before infighting reduced their number to 15, handing control to a coalition of Labour, independents and Llantwist First.

The poll of 2,148 GB adults was conducted between 27-28 April and predicts a swing of 6percent to Labour away from Conservatives.


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Paul
Paul
18 days ago

Such mendacious comments from the Conservatives.
Conservatives in Westminster refuse to do anything meaningful to help the cost of living crisis then criticise Labour for not doing enough.
Conservatives in Westminster cut council funding, which in turn cuts the money given the the Senedd to give to councils, and then they complain that Labour live within the budget.
Just constant gibberish and misinformation from the Conservatives every time they open their mouths.

Just like ART Davies criticising the Labour for the High Court finding Conservative policy in England unlawful.

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
18 days ago

The disgraceful hypocrisy from those English nationalists.

Gareth
Gareth
18 days ago

The Tory party hold the ” purse strings” . Deflect and complain all they want, but in the end, it all comes down to how much our Gov is allowed to spend. Remember when, during the pandemic our Gov wanted to use the cash reserve to help our people, but were denied by the treasury in London.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
18 days ago

Now that’s the pot calling the kettle black from the Welsh Conservatives. Yes Welsh Labour are culpable for many things in Wales being the ruling government, but don’t you bloody dare omit what your slimy party in Westminster has done in government to working families , the poor & unemployed.

So families in Wales aren’t going to foodbanks due to the Boris Johnson’s Conservative Government increasing taxation 15 times since entering office? Again you can never take the Welsh Conservatives serious on anything. They are truly a party only fit for ridicule rather than government.

Llinos
Llinos
18 days ago

Tories accuse Welsh Government of not easing the cost of living crisis created by Tories. I did read that right didn’t I?

Syr Wynff ap Concor Y Boss
Syr Wynff ap Concor Y Boss
18 days ago

Say what you want about him, he is right.
He says “On May 5th residents across Wales have a clear choice to make.”
Exactly.
Don’t vote Conservative, ABC, ‘Anyone But Conservative’

He is a feckless, entitled, english nationalist, idiot.
Remember him doing ‘God Save the Queen’ in the senedd?
Remember folks, easy as ABC.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
18 days ago

These people should go on the comedy circuit lol ! The Welsh Government isn’t perfect but considering it’s meager resources has done far more than the tight-fisted Tories in London. If the Tories are reading this – you are no longer going to win elections by telling lies, I think the public have finally (fingers crossed !) had enough !!!

Kurt C
Kurt C
18 days ago

Not matching EU funds and ignoring calls from our Senedd to help more with some more if our tax back. I don’t want to ever hear a bloody tory ever again.

Argol fawr!
Argol fawr!
17 days ago

I despair 😞. I’ve listened to four year olds contest matters with more maturity. Clearly the bar is set very low for those Anglocentric conservatives in Wales.

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