Health & Social Services
- Introduce a New Treatment Fund to pay for advanced treatments for cancer and other serious diseases.
- Invest more money per head than England on health and social care.
- Create a single inspectorate for health and social care.
- Reduce waiting times by eliminating unnecessary hospital attendances and GP appointments by investing in community pharmacies to treat minor illnesses.
- “Make it easier” to get GP appointments.
- Consider a statutory duty for candour within the Welsh NHS to promote openness.
- Invest in integrated health and social care centres.
- Tackle stigma associated with mental illness and improve access to therapies.
- Introduce a “Wellbeing Bond” to invest in the best groups and activities which address sedentary lifestyles.
- Take action to eliminate zero hours contracts in the care sector.
- Double the capital allowance people can keep when entering residential care to £50,000.
- Military compensation payments will be disregarded from care cost calculations.
- Increase training and awareness of autism.
Education & Young People
- Invest £2billion in new school and college buildings.
- An extra £100million to drive up school standards.
- Legislate to grant communities access to school buildings all week round.
- Establish a task force to look at improving school behaviour.
- Pilot “lunch and fun” clubs at schools during summer holidays.
- Create 100,000 all-age apprenticeships.
- All-age support for employability skills.
- Overhaul work experience and create a stronger youth work service.
- Provide 30 hours of free childcare per week (48 weeks in total) for working parents of 3 and 4 year olds.
- Will wait for the recommendations of the Diamond Review before changing tuition fee policies, but whatever it is, the package will be “better”that that offered to English students.
- Will create a new higher education funding body.
- Set a target of 95% of people getting digital skills necessary for the 21st century.
- Supports lowering the voting age to 16.
- A business accelerator support scheme to support investment, marketing, advertising and networking.
- Support City Deals and work to make them a success; support Swansea Bay city deal bid.
- Create a Welsh Development Bank.
- Work with the UK Government to save the steel industry.
- Will not reorganise business support.
- Use regulatory powers on procurement to improve the prospects of Welsh businesses.
- Will promote the Mersey-Dee Alliance.
Transport & Infrastructure
- Ensure every property has access to fast, reliable broadband.
- Demand 4G reception across 95% of Welsh customers by 2017.
- Support roll out of electrification of the north and south Wales mainlines.
- Support South Wales and North Wales metros.
- Supports some sort of M4 Newport bypass and will “deliver improvements” to other trunk roads.
- Establish a not-for-profit company to run the Wales & Borders rail franchise from 2018.
- Press for the devolution of Air Passenger Duty.
- Introduce “seamless ticketing” for public transport.
- Call for the UK Government to either devolve or scrap Severn crossing tolls.
- Will create a “more efficient” bus network once powers are devolved.
Finance & Tax
- Will offer “a tax cut” to all small businesses, which will help up to 70,000 businesses.
- Won’t increase income tax over the next Assembly term.
Environment, Energy & Rural Affairs
- Stretch carbon emission and landfill targets to ensure the Welsh Government becomes carbon neutral by 2020.
- Continue investment in flood defences.
- Support renewable energy projects, including tidal schemes.
- Review animal welfare legislation.
- Supports a science-led approach to bovine TB.
- Continue to deliver the existing Rural Development Plan.
Local Government & Public Services
- “Introduce measures” to prevent unnecessary closures of public facilities (i.e. libraries) and assist community ownership.
- Will press ahead with local government reorganisation to create “stronger, larger” local authorities, in addition to more powerful community councils.
Housing & Social Justice
- Deliver an extra 20,000 affordable homes over the next term.
- End “right-to-buy”.
- Repeal sections of the UK Government’s Trade Unions Bill which cover devolved areas.
- “Take further action” on the living wage and zero hour contracts.
- “Take action” to improve the diversity of public boards and local government.
- Improve the reach and capacity of credit unions.
- Continue to support the expansion of Welsh-medium education.
- Create a Music Endowment Fund to increase access to music education.
- Explore the possibility of an all-Wales Commonwealth Games bid in 2026.
- Aim for one million people to speak Welsh by 2050; establish as Language Usage Fund to help businesses invest in Welsh language services.
- Press for fair funding for both English and Welsh language broadcasting in Wales; explore options for supporting online and print media.
- Opposes devolving Attendance Allowance.
- No costings – one of the first arguments they throw at other parties, yet they don’t do it themselves. *Shakes head*. This election was supposed to mark a growing up phase for devolution with tax and borrowing powers on the way. With the exception of the Lib Dems (and to a much lesser extent Plaid Cymru) the parties have been found wanting on the most basic issue facing them – paying for their policies. I’m not angry, just disappointed and for the establishment party to neglect it speaks volumes.
- A 24-page manifesto, with 12 pages of that being pictures, graphics, Carwyn’s foreword and a pointless addition from Nia Griffith. Let that sink in : Labour’s plan for the next five years is under 3,000 words long. For a governing party this is incredibly vague. I was genuinely shocked at how thin it is.
- The back-of-a-fag packet map for their proposed North Wales metro (which wasn’t officially part of the manifesto, admittedly) has already been derided.
Minor Faults :
- There’s far too much focus on what they did in the previous term, not what they want to do in the next one.
- Unnecessary hospital attendances and GP appointments – how will you determine what’s unnecessary or not?
- I don’t get the “lunch and fun” proposal. Isn’t that just like summer play schemes?
- Their Bovine TB proposals neither rule in or rule out a possible badger cull.
- Take further action on zero hours contracts – what action?
- Save the steel industry – how? What will you actually do?
- Will “introduce measures” to prevent unnecessary closures of public facilities – whatmeasures?
- “Make it easier” to get GP appointments – how?
- Take further action to improve diversity in public boards – what action?
- “Deliver improvements” to trunk roads – what improvements?
- ….again there are so many half-addressed policies – several on every page – I’ll have to leave it there. Though for some inexplicable reason, Labour have more detailed policies outlined in subject specific manifestos, particularly education.