Wales Election 2016

Wales election issue guide 2016: Where the parties stand

Wales election 2016: Where they stand

Wales goes to the polls on 5 May to elect AMs for the next Welsh Assembly term.

All the parties have now published their manifestos, and BBC Wales can tell you where they stand on different issues.

You can browse the main parties' key policy pledges by topic below, or click or tap a link to read more on a specific area.

Agriculture and natural resources


Culture and sport


Health and social care


Local government



Welsh language

Parties are listed alphabetically

  • 28 day diagnosis for cancer
  • Cut waiting times by investing in an extra 1,000 doctors and 5,000 nurses
  • Free universal pre-school care for children from three years of age
  • A National Premium of 10% extra pay for teachers with additional skills or qualifications
  • Pay off £18,000 worth of debt for graduates who work in Wales and create 50,000 new apprenticeships
  • A new Welsh Development Agency for the 21st century
  • Oppose NHS privatisation and making local health boards elected
  • University Technical Colleges for vocational skills and reintroduction of grammar schools
  • Oppose tax raising powers without a referendum
  • No to more AMs
  • Devolve economic development to local councils
  • Scrap Severn crossing tolls
  • Fair economy - a Wales that works for everyone
  • Vibrant communities - sustainable and resilient
  • Free education - for all, for life
  • Affordable homes - insulated against high bills and cold snaps
  • Connected Wales - affordable, integrated public transport
  • Guarantee more investment for the Welsh NHS every year
  • Create more jobs by backing small businesses and improving infrastructure
  • Transform teacher training and direct more funds to the classroom
  • Set a cap on care costs at £400 a week and protect £100,000 of assets for those in residential care
  • Treble free childcare to 30 hours a week
  • Free childcare for working parents
  • Business rate relief for small firms
  • 100,000 "quality" apprenticeships for all ages
  • New treatment fund for life-threatening illnesses
  • Double the capital limit for those going into residential care
  • An extra £100m to improve school standards
  • More nurses on hospital wards
  • Smaller infant school class sizes
  • Building 20,000 affordable homes over five years
  • A "small business administration" offering independent advice and finance
  • Business rate flexibility for councils to boost economic development
  • Cutting the basic rate of income tax by 1p to 19% in Wales

Other parties standing in multiple regions

Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party

Monster Raving Loony Party

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Welsh Communist Party

For full listings of all candidates standing in Wales, use our Constituency and Region pages.

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