LABOUR’S Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds and Welsh Labour Finance Minister Rebecca Evans met to discuss what Wales needs from the upcoming UK budget, including the need for UK government support to protect coal tips from adverse weather.
Speaking after the event, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds said:
“I want to thank my Labour colleagues in Wales for hosting this important discussion today. They have really demonstrated the difference that Labour can make in national and local government in both Wales and in Westminster.
“Unlike the Westminster Conservatives, the Welsh Labour Government has taken a responsible, targeted approach to the pandemic, with the most effective package of support for businesses anywhere in the UK. That has secured jobs and kept businesses going through this crisis – it’s a record of delivering for the Welsh people that Labour can be proud of.
“The Welsh Government is also taking the issue of coal tip safety seriously, with a plan that will keep communities safe and also create job opportunities. The Chancellor Rishi Sunak and his Conservative colleagues are still shirking their responsibilities on this – the UK Government must do right by these communities and provide the support necessary to fix this problem.”
Welsh Labour Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said:
“Welsh communities should not be left worse off because of the legacy coal tip risks we face.
“The funding Wales receives does not reflect these costs and it’s time for the Chancellor to step up to his responsibilities to the people of Wales.
“This is needed urgently so that we can meet the immediate concerns and swiftly put in place a long term programme of action to tackle this issue.
“It was also good to discuss the responsible approach Welsh Labour has taken to supporting jobs through the pandemic. Over £2bn has been allocated to provide the most generous package of business support anywhere in the UK. We have provided more support to businesses than we have received in funding from the UK Government based on their spending on business support in England.”