The Welsh Liberal Democrats have slammed local Conservative MPs Craig Williams and Fay Jones over their choice to break their party’s manifesto promise and vote for a 1.25 per cent rise in National Insurance.
The changes, which go against the Conservatives’ manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will disproportionately hit young people low earners, and will affect hard-pressed small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Mid & West Wales Senedd Member
Both Fay Jones (the MP for Brecon and Radnorshire) and Craig Williams (the MP for Montgomeryshire were among the 317 Conservative MPs to support the plans while Liberal Democrat MPs voted against the government plans.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are now calling on the Welsh Government to use any additional funds to pay all care workers the real living wage to help the recruitment crisis in the sector.
Commenting, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader and Mid & West Wales Senedd Member Jane Dodds said:
“Both Craig Williams and Fay Jones stood on a clear promise at the last election not to raise taxes, including National Insurance. Their broken promise will hit low paid families and leave small businesses in Powys under even more pressure at a time many are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic.
“These plans won’t fix social care in England, let alone in Wales. If the Conservatives can’t find a fairer approach, it’s time the Welsh Labour Government has to step up and confront the social care crisis here in Wales.
“The Tories have gone from being the party of low tax to the party of broken promises. While Powys has low unemployment, we are also a low-income region. It’s those families on the breadline who will bare the brunt of this decision.
“We clearly cannot rely on the Conservatives in Westminster to act in Wales’ best interests, and Labour in Cardiff Bay have allowed the social care crisis to go on for far too long.
“I am calling on Labour Ministers in the Senedd to urgently set out their plans for social care reform and to use the additional funding the Welsh Government will receive to pay all care workers the real living wage to tackle the recruitment crisis in the Welsh care sector.”