It’s been an incredibly hard year. So many people have lost their jobs, children and young people have felt isolated, and businesses have gone under. People are struggling to make ends meet and worried about the future.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats’ priority is to put the recovery first. This week, Cardiff Council will set its budget and priorities for the year ahead.
Cardiff Liberal Democrats have set out alternative ideas to Cardiff's Labour-run council and have set out our own priorities for the council's budget for the year ahead. Those priorities are:
Support for small business
Since the pandemic, big corporations have been able to adapt to the new world by shifting their business online. Meanwhile, many small businesses have been forced to close completely through no fault of their own.
From hairdressers to café owners, builders to florists - small businesses are the backbone of our city.
Our plans would be creative in giving businesses in our local and district shopping areas help to invest in their businesses to adapt to new ways of working as a result of the pandemic.
Opportunities for children and young people
Children and young people have missed out on so much in the last year and the stop-start of Covid restrictions has been hard.
They’ve not just missed out on formal learning but have missed attending sports and activities clubs, birthday parties, days out with friends, and the freedom to be young.
Our plans would invest £1.5 million in opportunities for children and young people to engage in summer social and wellbeing activities and support to access training or work in the coming year.
Getting Cardiff moving
None of us have gone very far in the last year and we’ve changed the way we move around the city.
Our plans would invest £0.5 million in the next year to invest in the repair and maintenance of footpaths, footways and trails across the city including in our parks, after the heavy usage of the last year.
We would also invest to protect bus routes across the city and be creative with the ways that bus services can meet demand as we emerge from this crisis.
Help keep people in their homes
The pandemic has affected us all in different ways, and many have felt the difficult financial pressures either through losing their job, reduced hours, or being furloughed on reduced wages.
Our plans would invest more money in helping prevent a greater number of people from being evicted from their homes as financial pressures grow and risk pushing people into homelessness.
Cutting costs for residents
The Lib Dem alternative budget would cut the Labour administration’s council tax rise and reduce the proposed increase to fees for bereavement and registration charges.
A large increase in bereavement fees in the year following a global health pandemic where many of us have lost family, friends, and neighbours is out of touch with the pain and trauma we’ve all experienced in the last year.