The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today called for the creation of a Cross-Party Economic Recovery Council for Wales, which would help businesses in Ceredigion and across Wales hit by the COVID pandemic move onto the next stage of their recovery.
Faced with yet more uncertainty, many businesses say they need more than one-off government grants to survive the next few years.
The proposed Cross Party Economic Recovery Council would be chaired by the Economy Minister of the day and include representatives from all major parties, Welsh academic experts and representatives from businesses organisations.
Cadan ap Tomos, Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for Ceredigion, said:
"This pandemic has taken a hammer to what was already a fragile economy here in Ceredigion. Keeping local businesses afloat and helping our economy recover in a fair way is going to take all our might.
"The one thing most likely to hamper that vital work is political point-scoring. The last thing local businesses need is having the support they need delayed by electioneering or Punch and Judy politics.
"That's why Welsh Liberal Democrats want experts, business leaders and politicians of all stripes to get round a virtual table and agree on a sustainable plan of support."
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds added:
"COVID has brought many Welsh businesses to their knees, especially small businesses and those across the hospitality sector.
"The Welsh and UK Governments have helped with one-off grants and the furlough scheme, but for many businesses this has just kept them afloat. Many businesses are seeking ways to rebuild and renew themselves once it is safe to do so.
"I want the Welsh Government to listen to business, and to commit itself to action, so that business and Government can work together in the difficult times we face. I understand the constraints – especially financial - under which the Welsh Government operates, and I believe this should not be a matter of party politics. It is about listening to each other and working together to ensure that the Welsh Government’s resources are targeted in the most effective way."