Cardiff is full of hard-working, innovative and resourceful people and a thriving powerhouse of new ideas and innovation, that’s the message from Wales’ newest political party.
“But while the city is thriving, with growing economic activity, many people deserve better housing, better wages and less drugs and fewer beggars on the street,” says Dr Sian Caiach, chairman of independence party GWLAD GWLAD.
“Twenty years of mismanagement by the Labour government, supported either by Plaid or the Liberals in Cardiff have hurt us badly, we must break this cosy alliance and provide a new way forward that reduces the bureaucracy and encourages action not words,” said Dr Caiach, who is standing for the Cardiff Central seat at Westminster.
“GWLAD believes that independence can set us free to grow our economy and produce a fairer society, but radical changes in the economy are essential if an independent Wales is to thrive and prosper, that’s the message from the country’s newest political party GWLAD GWLAD.
“We must not become a country of high taxes”, said Dr Caiach: “It’s all very well talking about taxing the super-rich to pay for public services, but these are the people who are most able to avoid tax and will simply leave.
“Countries all over the world have found that when tax rates go up, the total amount of tax collected often goes down,” she added.
GWLAD want to boost this powerhouse economy with new, high-productivity jobs paying decent salaries in an independent Wales by introducing a Universal Basic Income, or Citizens’ Income, and to combine this with a flat tax where all income is taxed at the same rate.
“For people on low incomes, the Citizens Income would remove the uncertainty of Universal Credit and give them a guaranteed income they can rely on.
“For people on higher incomes, the flat tax rate would be fair – no higher than our current top rate – and it would avoid many of the loopholes in our very complex current system.
“Our calculations show that the total amount of tax raised and benefits spent would be similar to the current system, but it would be simpler and fairer, taking away the uncertainty of a zero hours pay packet,” Dr Caiach added.