As Labour ministers prepare to publish an annual update on their ‘Programme for Government’, Welsh Conservatives have called for an ‘urgent focus’ on education and health – and a guarantee that more will be done to support business and stimulate the economy.
The government’s ‘programme’ contains no specific targets for achievement and, as a result, measurement of Labour ministers’ performance is almost impossible.
However, in the last 12 months:
The Deputy Governor of the Bank of England has said the economic recovery in Wales is lagging behind the rest of the UK.
Wales has fallen down the PISA rankings, plummeting 21 places in Science, four places in maths and nine places in reading between 2006 and 2012, now ranking alongside Israel, Croatia and Lithuania.
NHS waiting time targets have not been met. According to the Labour government’s most recent stats, more than 10,000 people had been waiting more than nine months for a first hospital appointment. All the time, frontline staff struggle under Labour’s record-breaking NHS budget cuts and hospital downgrading continues apace.
Welsh Labour’s flagship body for business support - Finance Wales - has been labelled ‘not fit for purpose’ in a government-commissioned report.
The average Band D council tax bill has risen by 4.1 per cent, or 50 pounds.
Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:
“Labour ministers refuse to properly measure their performance – so we’ve done it for them.
“On education – on health – on the economy – the evidence is clear; Wales continues to fall behind and Labour ministers have no answers.
“Don’t take it us from us – listen to the experts, the independent reports, and the cold hard statistics.
“This is the real programme for government update and an urgent focus is desperately needed on our schools, our NHS services, our businesses and our communities.
“Today Labour is printing hundreds of colourful pages and photos, yet nowhere will there be an apology and a plan of action.
“Welsh Conservatives are the party of low tax and big ideas – with a clear alternative vision to turn Wales around and put communities first.”