It’s no secret that a key part of our policy portfolio – perhaps the centrepiece – is the concept of a Citizens’ Income, namely an amount of money to be paid to every working-age adult citizen of Wales to provide them with a basic income, regardless of whether they are in work or out of work, married or single, rich or poor. Some people call the same concept a ‘Universal Basic Income’ (UBI). Speaking personally it’s an idea I’m quite passionate about.
Aber and Blaengwynfi are generally referred to as “The Cape” by residents of the two villages. That comes from when the villages were marketed as “The Cape of Good Hope” during the years when coal mining was very important to the valleys. But that’s all gone now, and when the mines went, the work went too. From that, people’s hope and dreams of a good life went too. Even though that happened years before I was born, I still see the side effects of decisions made years ago.
Quite a lot has been said in the press recently about Growth Deals in different parts of Wales. Here I will try to explain briefly what Growth Deals are, what’s good and what’s bad about them, and how they fit in with Gwlad’s vision for a long-term future for the Welsh economy.