AS the Senedd election campaign enters its final stretch Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds will visit Aberystwyth and Aberaeron today to discuss the party’s economic recovery and the Welsh tourism industry.
Speaking ahead of the visit Welsh Lib Dem Leader Jane Dodds said:
“The pandemic has hit our rural communities hard. For those heavily reliant on tourism and the hospitality sector, the last year has been tough.
“The last year has brought into sharp focus the significant challenges in our rural economy. From poor digital and transport connectivity, housing costs, and the challenges of running small businesses, rural Wales faces a difficult period ahead.
“Welsh Liberal Democrats are fighting this election with pledges to invest in tackling broadband and mobile phone connectivity to help both businesses and those choosing to work remotely.”
Ceredigion candidate Cadan ap Tomos added:
“Places like Ceredigion have so much to offer visitors and the pandemic has opened the eyes of many to homegrown tourism but many of our businesses will still be feeling the impact of the pandemic for many years to come.
“We recognise how essential small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed to our area and will support them by establishing a Job Creation Premium which will offset the initial costs of recruitment and training for businesses looking to grow.
“Welsh Liberal Democrats will also help local businesses over the next five years by freezing business rates for five years providing both smaller bills and certainty.”