Plaid and Lib Dems joint budget bid

Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats say they'll join forces to try to reach a budget deal with the Welsh Government

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  1. Adrian Masters

What do the Lib Dems and Plaid want in the budget?

Unless Labour wins the Anglesey by-election in August, Carwyn Jones will still need the support of at least one of the opposition parties to push through his spending plans in the Autumn. Last year he reached a deal with Plaid Cymru and the previous year it was with the Liberal Democrats.

Kirsty Williams and Leanne Wood hope working together will strengthen their bargaining power. They won't reveal exactly what sort of spending commitments they're looking for, saying they'll agree that after the draft budget is published.

They have given clues though. Kirsty Williams repeated her call for spending to plug the 'funding gap' between schools here and those in England. Leanne Wood emphasised her commitment to job creation. And they added a third area of spending on the health service.

'Strong bargaining position' for budget - Plaid

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says joining forces with the Lib Dems will put the parties in a 'strong bargaining position' to negotiate with the Welsh Government in the autumn.

Since my election as leader of Plaid Cymru I have said that job creation and the improvement of the Welsh economy are my top priorities. On top of this Plaid Cymru has consistently pointed out the crises in our health and education systems. These are two further policy areas that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

– Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader

Lib Dems: Welsh budget must help schools

Neither of the parties will say exactly what deal they'll try to reach with the Welsh Government but say there's more that they agree on than disagree. Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams says:

Welsh Liberal Democrats have consistently said that we will not support a budget that does not make progress towards closing the funding gap with England – starting with the poorest children who need the help the most. Nor will we vote for a budget that neglects the need to tackle unemployment and boost the economy by incentivising employers to take on new trainees. The growing crisis within our NHS is an issue that we will also want to deal with.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader


Plaid Cymru and Welsh Liberal Democrats to work together in budget talks

Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced they will work together to negotiate with the Welsh Government on next year's budget.

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