Welsh Labour leadership candidate Mark Drakeford has launched his detailed manifesto for Welsh Labour – and the Welsh government – if he succeeds in his election bid.
The forty-page document outlines his plans for education, the NHS, the economy, employment, Wales’ relationship with Europe, energy, the environment, housing, data use and more. Here are a few highlights:
- lifelong learning as a right
- measures to promote ethical, properly-paid employment
- supporting the ‘foundational economy‘ of goods and services Welsh people need every day
- a raised priority for renewable energy
- a ‘vacant land tax’ and strengthened compulsory purchase powers
- creating modular-housing production in Wales
- new Clean Air Act
- sustainable transport provision compulsory in housing developments
- extended school meals programme, doubled school uniform grant and a new ‘baby bundle’ programme to help new parents
- a new ‘Community Bank of Wales’ to ensure banking services are available across the country, including rural areas
Drakeford also makes a welcome, emphatic statement about the NHS that should be echoed by Labour across the UK:
The health service in Wales must remain a public service, publicly funded and publicly provided. There is no room for privatisation in the Welsh NHS.
The full documents in Welsh and English can be downloaded below:
Drakeford gave an exclusive, in-depth interview to the SKWAWKBOX last month, which can be read in two parts here.
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