Arfon residents set to benefit from Plaid Cymru budget deal

Plaid Cymru has secured a budget deal with the Welsh Government that will bring significant benefits to Arfon, the party’s Arfon AM Siân Gwenllian has said.

Siân Gwenllian said that the budget deal secured by her party is the biggest one year budget deal in the history of the National Assembly, and will deliver significant benefits for Arfon and north Wales.
Amongst the gains secured by Plaid Cymru, there will be:
·         £7m further investment in medical training to get more doctors working in the NHS including the development of medical training in Bangor – bringing a Medical School for Bangor a massive step closer
·         £25m additional funding for Local Authorities, which will see public services in Gwynedd being given a slightly larger budget next year
·         An additional £20m increase in mental health spending
·         A massive £30 million investment in universities and Further Education campuses which will benefit establishments such as Bangor University and Coleg Menai
·         The creation of thousands of good quality apprenticeships all across Wales
·         £5m for the Welsh language
·         £3m towards a pilot for free town centre parking – in response to calls from Bangor Business Improvement District and Hwb Caernarfon and small businesses in Arfon
·         More funding for the arts
·         A doubling of the Visit Wales budget to boost tourism
Plaid Cymru Arfon AM Siân Gwenllian said,
“Not only is this the biggest budget deal in the history of the National Assembly for Wales, but it is the best ever deal for north Wales and Arfon. From the beginning of this Assembly term, Plaid Cymru made it clear that we will use our role as the Official Opposition to deliver real gains for the people of Wales, and that is what we have achieved today.”
“Our deal will see huge investment in education, through our universities and Further Education colleges, and by creating thousands of new apprenticeships. Plaid Cymru has secured investment in the health service which will mean more diagnostic equipment to bring down waiting times, and will mean that we can train more doctors to work in the NHS at new locations such as a medical school in Bangor.”
“Plaid Cymru has secured a north Wales football museum, and the extra funding that we have secured will mean that bodies such as the National Museum for Wales (Llanberis) will see an increase of at least 3.5% in their budgets. And by doubling the budget for Visit Wales we can make Wales a world-renowned travel destination and help the businesses that depend on tourist trade.”
“Plaid Cymru’s goal has always been to deliver the best deal possible for the people of Wales and our budget deal represents a massive £119 million investment package that will strengthen the NHS, boost the economy, improve educational standards and deliver better public services. We have delivered more in less than six months as an opposition party than any other party in the history of the National Assembly, and we will continue to fight for the best interests of people all across Wales.”

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