Friday, 30 April 2010

We're being robbed!

Please see below a letter that was published in The Leader today. Not only are we not getting sufficient funding from Westminster, we are handing money back to London:

Dear Editor,

It is an accepted fact by now that Wales is underfunded annually to the tune of £300 million. Rather than rectify this situation whichever London party gets elected there will be cuts to the public sector in Wales of about £2.8 billion over the next 5 years, these cuts will disproportionately hit Wales more than the rest of the UK because we are more dependent on public sector jobs than other areas.

Not only do we get less in Wales than we should but we are returning money from Wales to the Treasury just like John Redwood did when he was governor general. Wrecsam Council receives £30 million a year in council house rents, the Council get to keep £19 million to carry out repairs and maintenance on their council house stock. However £11.2 million of this is ‘snatched; by the Treasury as a housing subsidy to subsidise inner city councils in London and elsewhere. Twenty one of the twenty two local authorities in Wales pay this housing subsidy, totalling a £100 million a year.

It would be interesting to see whether the Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrats candidates in Wrecsam Constituency will join with me to condemn this disgraceful and unjustified transfer of monies between Wrecsam and the Treasury and to fight for it to be retained in Wrecsam for the benefit of our tenants.

Yours sincerely,

Arfon Jones.
Prospective Plaid Cymru Candidate,
Wrecsam Constituency,

Let's be in no doubt that this situation will continue if the Tories and Labour are elected. I very much doubt that Clegg and the Lib Dems will use anything that will be of benefit to Scotland or Wales as a bargaining chip to hold the balance of power in a hung parliament.

The only way to do away with this disgaceful tax on housing is by voting Plaid Cymru, the more votes we get the better it will be for Wales, after all what has Lucas and Welsh Labour done about this in the last 9 years...nothing!

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