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Friday, April 17, 2015

Manifestos galore

I have not been on here for a few days due to other commitments, which I will blog about over the weekend. It was an interesting and informative trip abroad, but also very disconcerting.

In the meantime, what have I missed? Well it seems this is the week the parties launch their manifesto and the Welsh Liberal Democrats are no different. Here are the highlights of our weighty tome.

The manifesto includes:

Opportunity for children: investing further in Wales’ schools;
Opportunity for young people: with more apprenticeships, discounted bus travel, and support to rent or own their own home through the innovative Help to Rent and Rent to Own schemes;
Opportunity for parents: giving parents £2000 tax free childcare and more paternity leave for fathers; Opportunity for better healthcare: providing investment for more nurses on hospital wards and better mental health services;
Opportunity for workers: with a further £400 tax cut for millions of working people;
Opportunity for older people: with the pensions triple lock written into law; and
Opportunity for the next generation: with the budget balanced and our environment protected so that our children and grandchildren are not left to pay for the mistakes of this one.

As with the party’s 2010 manifesto, the Liberal Democrats’ top priorities are spelt out on the front page. They are:

1. Prosperity for all Balance the budget fairly and invest to build a high skill, low carbon economy
2. Fair taxes Cut your taxes by an additional £400 by raising the tax-free allowance to £12,500
3. Quality health care for all Increase resources for our NHS and ensure safe staffing levels
4. Opportunity for every child Invest in our schools through our Pupil Premium
5. A stronger Wales Deliver Home Rule for Wales with further powers and fair funding
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