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Plaid hypocrisy over lack of economic enterprise in Wales

January 3, 2014 2:00 AM

Wales Online this week reported concerns expressed by Plaid Cymru over the lack of business enterprises in Wales compared to elsewhere in the UK.

There are 580 "active business enterprises" across the UK for every 10,000 people and 770 in London but just 455 in Wales. This drops to 335 in Rhondda Cynon Taff which puts them in the bottom quarter.

Plaid are up in arms about this, with their Shadow Minister for the Economy, Alun Ffred Jones, calling the figures "utterly damning" but "not particularly surprising".

Welsh Liberal Democrat RCT Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says

"Plaid really do have a nerve attacking this of all things. These figures are from 2012 and for the previous four years Plaid were part of a coalition Government and their then leader actually held the economic development portfolio.

"What were they doing during all that time? Where was their concern and demand for action then? It is no wonder they do not find the figures surprising.

"They are right in that there is a need for action by the Welsh Labour Government. The economy is being handled every bit as poorly as education and health which we hear bad news about almost every day.

"There is also a need for more activity from Local Authorities. Rhondda Cynon Taff has an economic development department, what is it doing? Why are we yet again languishing at the bottom of the pile?

"With the economy showing signs of growth and unemployment falling then more needs to be done to help and encourage new businesses.

"Recent announcements on Business rates were very welcome but more needs to be done. In RCT the Council have shown a great deal of reluctance to offer practical help to traders and there is a considerable amount of dissatisfaction amongst retailers.

"Once more Labour are letting the people down."