Abandon failed ‘long-term economic plan’, urges Plaid

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Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales

Plaid Cymru calls on Chancellor to deliver on long-awaited infrastructure projects

Plaid Cymru has urged Westminster to abandon what it calls ‘the failed austerity experiment’ and outline measures to mitigate the impact of Brexit on people’s jobs and wages, in the Chancellor’s Budget statement tomorrow.

Speaking at Plaid Cymru’s weekly press briefing, the party’s AM for South Wales West and spokesperson on Infrastructure, Dai Lloyd, urged the Chancellor to commit to a major infrastructure package for Wales, including delivering on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and rail electrification.

Mr Lloyd accused Westminster of blindly committing to “extortionate” infrastructure projects for England whilst dithering on modest, but crucial Welsh infrastructure.

Commenting, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West and spokesperson on Infrastructure, Dai Lloyd, said:

“The Chancellor must use his first Budget statement to abandon his predecessor’s failed austerity experiment. He must come forward with a Budget to mitigate the impact of Westminster’s extreme-Brexit on people’s jobs and wages. I fear that what we’ll get, however is a continuation of Westminster’s blind faith in the so-called ‘long-term economic plan’.

“We need a budget that will get the wheels of our economy moving again so that businesses can invest in confidence, our workers can get a long overdue pay rise and international investors can look at Wales as an attractive location for investment once again.  

“Wales has waited far too long for Westminster to deliver on major infrastructure projects. Successive Westminster governments have focused on extortionate infrastructure projects in England such as HS2 and Crossrail while Wales is still waiting for one inch of electrified rail.

“The Chancellor must come forward with a commitment to deliver on the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and full electrification of all of Wales’ main railway lines. These projects are modest compared to the commitments in England but they are crucial to jobs and wages in Wales.

“If Westminster doesn’t want to do it, then at least devolve the responsibility to Wales so we can do it ourselves.” 

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