Plaid leader calls for economic boost to tackle 2013

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood is calling for more money to be invested in the Welsh economy to help combat the "challenging" year ahead.

Ms Wood said that the £227m capital boost announced in the Autumn Statement should be used to create jobs and invest in skills in Welsh communities.

She warned that Wales is facing a challenging 2012 due to the stagnant economy, benefit cuts and proposals to centralise health and education.

With the economy still flatlining, capital spending means not just jobs now, but building for a better future as well and a growing economy.

The Welsh Government getting an extra £227m in its capital budget doesn't make up for the huge cuts that we have faced, and are still facing, but it is a help.

Plaid Cymru would like to see this used in projects which are both sustainable, so beneficial to the environment as well as the economy, and local so that money can be locked into local areas and create jobs within communities.

– Leanne Wood AM