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Kirsty Williams indoor portrait July 2011 (Kirsty Williams)Welcome to our website. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are working hard on your behalf at every level of government all year round.

In difficult times, we are there to help you and that is why our councils are keeping council tax low, our Assembly Members have ensured additional funding for our most deprived pupils and the Liberal Democrats in the UK Government have successfully fought to ensure that you don't pay tax on the first £10,000 you earn.

Welsh Liberal Democrats know that times are tough and we use our influence wherever we can to make a difference.

You can find out more, including how to keep in touch or join the Liberal Democrats, on this site.

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  • William Powell AM (Stephen Radford)
    Article: Sep 17, 2014

    Ahead of the Scottish independence referendum tomorrow, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM William Powell writes about the future for Wales...

    We're facing huge constitutional change in the United Kingdom. Whether Scotland votes Yes or No, reform is coming and we must ensure that Wales is not left behind.

    I hope that Scotland agrees to remain a part of the UK. We are definitely better together but we also need to promote a new union, rather than stubbornly defend the old. This is why we are calling for the implementation of the Silk Commission's proposals and establishing a UK-wide Constitutional Convention to draft a plan for a new Union.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2014

    Watch as Nick Clegg takes your questions live on LBC for this week's Call Clegg.

    Transcript

    This is LBC Call Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg takes your calls with Nick Ferrari at Breakfast. Call 0345 6060973 tweet at lbc973 text 84850. This is Call Clegg on LBC.

    NC: It's 9 o'clock on Wednesday 17 September. And obviously because of the Scottish referendum vote tomorrow we're bringing the Nick Clegg on LBC, Call Clegg programme today on Wednesday rather than Thursday. So I'm taking your questions for the next half an hour or so, do get in touch on 0345 6060973 or email at nickclegg@lbc.co.uk and of course, as ever you can watch on the website, lbc.co.uk. First caller Jo in Cheshunt. Hello Jo.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2014

    The latest unemployment figures from the ONS have been released showing a fall by 146,000, lowering the total unemployment count to 2.02 million.

    The figures released today show that unemployment has fallen to 6.2%, the lowest rate in six years.

    Business Secretary Vince Cable called today's positive labour market figures "no accident" and said that the Liberal Democrats in Government were delivering the recovery fairly.

  • Kirsty at conference rally Glasgow 2013
    Article: Sep 16, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today dismissed criticism that the vow taken by the three UK party leaders to protect the Barnett formula in Scotland means the formula can't be reformed for Wales.

    Kirsty Williams hit out at claims by Plaid Cymru that the Barnett formula, which is used to distribute money to the UK's devolved governments, would not be reformed. She said that the commitment made to Scotland does not rule out reforming the funding settlement for the Welsh Government. Liberal Democrats have already made a manifesto commitment to top-up the Welsh block grant to a fairer funding level. It is thought that Wales is currently underfunded by around £350million.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in Stockport are investing in their area: building and investing while protecting the environment - and giving residents a say, writes Councillor Iain Roberts, Deputy Leader of Stockport Council.

    England, 2014. All of the urban North is under Labour control except for one town of indomitable Lib Dems that still hold out against the socialists. Stockport is now the only Liberal Democrat-led urban council in the North.

  • Eluned Parrott
    Article: Sep 16, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised the Welsh Labour Government's flagship Jobs Growth Wales (JGW) scheme after the Government's own interim report identified a number of weaknesses with the scheme.

    The report, released today, found that 73% of those on JGW placements would have found work without the Government scheme. It also notes significant failings to target those young people most in need of help to find work, particularly in Communities First areas. Participants on the scheme are also shown to be trapped in low wages, earning only 67% of the average for their age group whilst on the scheme, and only 76% of the average for their age group after they finish.

  • key_uk-aid.jpg
    Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Liberal Democrats are one step closer to enshrining the UK aid target in law after winning a crucial vote in the House of Commons today.

    In government Liberal Democrats made sure the UK met the UN's international aid target of 0.7%.

    As the only country in the G7 to meet the target, Liberal Democrat Michael Moore MP tabled a Private Member's Bill to enshrine in law our commitment to meeting that target year after year.

  • Aled Roberts portrait
    Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Commenting on reports that Caerleon Campus is set to close, Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Minister, said:

    "We are seeing yet another broken promise from the Welsh Labour Government. The merger only took place last year and we were explicitly told that campuses wouldn't close.

    "This is a major blow not only for students, but for staff too who have every right to feel angry and betrayed. Labour needs to explain why it has gone back on its word.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, will today set out his vision for decentralisation and devolution for the North of England.

    Nick will speak at event hosted by IPPR North and follows the launch of the Northern Futures project.

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    The Northern Futures project is a new approach to policy-making which means that rather than decisions being made by politicians and civil servants in Whitehall, the power is given to the people who live and work in the North.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Whenever I think about the United Kingdom splitting up something inside me breaks. I do not live in Scotland and so I have no vote in the referendum. But I am British and so have every right to a say.

    On a national level I can think of nothing worse than for Government to spend the next few years engaged in a messy divorce battle. Leaving aside the economic risks that have been highlighted there is something deeply tragic about throwing away the single most successful political union in world history. Together we built the modern welfare state, liberated Europe and - to some extent - created the modern world. In a world where so many problems are increasingly global I can think of few issues where a smaller Britain makes the world a better place.

    On a Party level I believe that the end of the union would be terrible for liberal politics in the UK. If the next decade is dominated by a nationalistic backlash which may increase the risk of us leaving the European Union then we and our country will be ill-served. And that's before we lose a wing of the Party that has delivered more than its fair share of our political talent and leaders: Grimond, Steel, Maclennan, Kennedy, Campbell and ministers like Alexander, Moore, Carmichael and Swinson. I also believe that a "no" vote will create an urgent need to engage in a serious and much-needed debate about devolution of political power within the rest of the country.

    On a personal level - as my name suggests my family hails from Scotland. In the terrible war whose centenary we are currently marking my grandfather served with the London Scottish. I do not want to be forced to choose to be anything other than British.

    With the polls now neck and neck, the outcome of the Scottish Referendum is very much on a knife edge. This referendum really will be decided over the final week. Our colleagues in Scotland are fighting hard to keep Scotland in the Union, and over the next seven days we want to do all we can to support them - from wherever we are in the United Kingdom.

    Our job is to make helping as easy as possible. Can you please do any of the following (and remember that we want all voices heard, no matter what the accent):

    • Go to Scotland: volunteer here - http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/volunteer_with_us
    • Make phonecalls: our CONNECT virtual phone bank is now easier to use. Get started here - http://www.libdems.org.uk/make_phone_calls
    • Donate money: Use our simple online form - https://libdems.nationbuilder.com/scottish_referendum