Plaid Cymru’s Assembly candidates in Flintshire and Wrexham have launched their election manifesto with a bold pledge to build the economy of Wales, create thousands of new jobs and ensure young people have the right training and skills for work.
The party's candidates highlighted how these new jobs - part of a 50,000 jobs plan for Wales - will be created through a £500m Plaid’s “Build for Wales” Company to get our economy moving, a £90m fund for business loans as well as tax relief to help develop our town centres and small businesses and an ambitious ‘Train2Work’ scheme, which will establish 30,000 apprenticeships each year to boost the skills and employability of young people across Wales.
Marc Jones, Plaid's candidate for Wrexham, outlined how Plaid’s decisive actions as part of the One Wales government protected thousands of jobs during the recession and how the party would now help Wales’ economy recover and grow to ensure a wealthier nation. He explained that up to 7,000 jobs and 4,000 apprenticeships would be created in the north-east through this bold scheme.
His Delyn counterpart, Carrie Harper, said:
“In the next Assembly, Plaid will create a £500 million Plaid’s “Build for Wales” Company for Wales to underpin economic growth and to create up to 50,000 jobs. The Company will bring about investment in transport, our schools, our hospitals, new homes, our information technology and our energy infrastructure. Our “Build for Wales” Company would be good for the Welsh public sector, good for business and best of all would be a vital counter-cyclical stimulus - in supporting and creating jobs."
Discussing Plaid’s vision for a modern workforce Shane Brennan, Plaid's Alyn and Deeside candidate, added:
“In this government, Plaid’s priority will be to increase attainment in the skills that will develop this part of Wales’ potential for economic growth.
“We have to support the workforce of today which is why we will roll out the new Basic Skills in the Workplace projects to support at least 1000 employers and 30,000 employees.
“Our aim will be to do our best in preparing our young people for the world of work.”
The ambitious plan also includes plans to reduce business rates for smaller businesses. Plaid's Clwyd South candidate Mabon ap Gwynfor said:
“It is Plaid's intention to create a Welsh Valuation Office Agency to ensure a level-playing field for small businesses rather than the current system, which favours the larger out-of-town developments.
"In the meantime Plaid is pledging that the temporary rate relief scheme which is due to end in October this year will be made permanent. This means for the next Assembly term, around half of small businesses in Wrexham and Flintshire will pay no business rates at all.”