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Employment boost not just needed for Cardiff

April 29, 2011 4:17 PM

Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly candidate Mike Powell has contested the claim of Cardiff Council Leader Rodney Berman that the region's economic and unemployment problems can only be tackled by bringing more jobs to Cardiff.

The Pontypridd candidate says that too much wealth is already concentrated in too few areas in Wales

"The Welsh Liberal Democrat manifesto clearly states that our aim is to spread jobs across Wales and ensure businesses everywhere are given help and support to enable them to grow, and that certainly sums up my view.

Yes, Cardiff as the capital city is going to be able to attract substantial private investment, and there will always be a large proportion of people from across the South Wales Central region travelling into the city to work. I don't doubt that its success has knock on effects for the region and I congratulate Rodney and his fellow Councillors for what they have achieved there."

Cllr Berman featured on Radio 4's Today show arguing the case for more so called 'high end' jobs to be brought to the capital. Mike Powell, who is a Councillor in Rhondda Cynon Taff added

"Cardiff's success should be a trigger for greater prosperity in the surrounding area but jobs should not be concentrated there at the expense of other areas. We also need to be encouraging companies to move along the M4 corridor and up into Pontypridd and the valleys.

Naturally we are all inclined to fight for the best deal for our particular patch, but there is a need to look at the wider picture as well"