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North Wales Weekly News - - OPINIONS - North Wales AM

AS 2014 draws to a close and we look to the fu­ture, let us hope that it will be a pros­per­ous one.

Un­for­tu­nately after 15 ½ years of Labour Welsh Gov­ern­ment, five of those with Car­wyn Jones at t helm, Wales has be­com poorer rel­a­tive to the re of the UK and the Wels NHS is strug­gling.

David Cameron ap­pointed for­mer Labour Min­is­ter Alan Mil­burn to Chair the So­cial Mo­bil­ity and Child Poverty Com­mis­sion. His State of the Na­tion 2014 re­port found that Wales has the sec­ond high­est child po erty rate amongst the U na­tions and re­gions, th almost three quarters of chil­dren el­i­gi­ble for free school meals in Wales do not achieve 5 good GCSEs, higher than any English re­gion, and that there are fewer pro­fes­sional jobs in Wales than any­where but North East Eng­land and North­ern Ire­land. It also Wales is the worst per­form­ing econ­omy amongst the 12 UK na­tions and re­gions – and West Wales and the Val­leys, in­clud­ing 4 North Wales coun­ties, is still the worst per­form­ing sub re­gion in the UK, de­spite bil­lions

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