Over the last year our nation has fought the greatest health crisis that the world has seen for over a century.
We all know someone who has lost their job, lost their business or suffered a devastating loss of a loved one as a result of Covid-19.
Our economy is currently experiencing the deepest recession since records began, and evidence shows that Welsh communities could be amongst the worst hit in the UK.
The pandemic has exposed what 22 years of Labour government has done to Wales. The slowest growing economy in the UK, the worst education results and NHS waiting lists that doubled - all before coronavirus hit.
So as the vaccine rolls out and we look towards recovery, Wales stands at a crossroads. And these elections are a real chance to secure the change Wales needs.
The Welsh Conservatives have a plan for change, to get Wales back on track, and build a brighter, more prosperous future.
The Welsh Conservative manifesto will prioritise economic recovery not just from the coronavirus crisis but from twenty two years of Labour misrule. In contrast, Labour have plans to increase income tax after the pandemic.
At the heart of the manifesto will be the creation of 65,000 new jobs to power Wales' economic recovery, with Welsh and UK governments, businesses, entrepreneurs and education providers working together to achieve it.
Once Wales hits this target, Welsh Conservatives have committed to cutting the basic level of income tax at the back end of the next Senedd term so everyone benefits from our economic recovery.
Providing we have grown the economy through the national mission by 2025, we will implement a cut of at least 1p in the £ to the basic rate of income tax to support hardworking families.
Our plan will kickstart Wales’ economic recovery and rebuild for a stronger, greener, more equal future by:
- Creating 65,000 new jobs to help the Welsh economy bounce back and give more people the security of a regular wage
- Guaranteeing the NHS is there for everyone by building five new hospitals and providing extra funding to the NHS every year, with 3,000 more nurses and 1,200 doctors by 2026
Abolishing business rates for small businesses and reform the outdated tax on growth
- Put in law our respect for the Welsh NHS with an NHS Covenant to guarantee increased investment and support for our NHS heroes for the future
- Delivering 5,000 more teachers and more investment in Welsh education to provide the best schools and skills for young people
- Building 100,000 new houses in the next decade to kickstart the Welsh economy and give more people the opportunity to own their own home
- Investing £2 billion to create modern infrastructure for Wales, including an M4 Relief Road, upgrades to the A55 and A40, and 20,000 green charging points
- Making Wales Net Zero by 2050, with investment in clean energy solutions to reduce carbon emissions, and creating 15,000 new green jobs
- Helping people with the cost of living pressure, by delivering a Council Tax freeze for at least the next two years, putting more money in everyone’s pockets
Our plan for recovery and change is credible, costed and reflects the Welsh Conservatives vision for a brighter future for Wales.
By giving us your support on the 6th May we will deliver the change Wales needs to recover and build back better.