Wales

Annual report shows Welsh government 'committed to delivery'

First Minister Carwyn Jones said Labour was committed to its pledge to deliver, when he published the Welsh government's first annual report.

But opponents criticised a lack of targets and accused the government of failing to make progress on the ground.

The report, more than 660 pages long, covers all areas of public services and the economy.

The Welsh government was "realistic" about its challenges, Mr Jones said.

The report includes a plethora of statistics, from household incomes to perceptions of anti-social behaviour and the amount of gas and electricity used in homes.

The third set of statistics in the report shows the gross value added (GVA) measure of the economy lagging behind other parts of the UK.

The report compares Wales with other regions and says performance "has been mixed" since devolution in 1999.

A weblink in the document directs readers to a table online that contains data which confirm Wales's GVA is the lowest among the nations and regions of the UK.

Mr Jones said many actions on the economy, such as improving education and skills levels, "will pay off in the long term".

'Transparency'

The report "puts transparency and accountability at the heart of what we do as a government" and "is a mark of our commitment to deliver", he told AMs in the Senedd.

One year into its term, Mr Jones said the Welsh government was facing an "extremely difficult" economic climate.

He added: "To make further progress we need to be realistic about the challenges we face so we can prioritise the actions we need to take."

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies said "it really doesn't set a high ambition for the people of Wales".

He added: "It's interesting to note that all you've done is galvanise all the figures together to make it look as if a lot activity is going on."

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood reminded Mr Jones that Labour had promised to make delivery its "watchword" if re-elected to a fourth term at last year's assembly elections.

"We are still watching and we are still waiting," she said.

Welsh Liberal Democrat AM Aled Roberts said the government was "repackaging" statistics.

"However, what's really missing is targets," he said.

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