Wales Votes 2003: IT'S Not Just the Political Parties That like to Have Their Say at Election Times. Just about Everyone from the Business Community and Trade Unions to Children's Charities and Pressure Groups Have Produced Their Own Manifestos with Wish-Lists in Advance of the May 1 Poll. Political and Business Editor Phillip Nifield Takes a Look at What They Want from the Next Assembly Government
Byline: Phillip Nifield
CHILDREN'S MANIFESTO (Savethe Children, NCH Cymru, Barnardo's Cymru, NSPCC, Children in Wales)# Establish and implement a plan to eradicate child poverty in Wales. # Develop high quality familysupport services. # Launch a public education campaign to help end the physical punishment of children.
# Ensure all children who arerefugees or asylum seekers receive the same health and education as other children in Wales.
CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRY WALES # Build the M4 relief road around Newport and improve road access to Cardiff International Airport.
# Political parties should sign up to a minimum of six structured visits a year to businesses by each AM.
# Reintroduce twice-yearly meetings between the main business organisations and the assembly cabinet.
# Commit to the uniform business rate.WELSH LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION (HOUSING) # Greater investment in housing. # Fairer local government finance regime with local authorities having the same rights as registered social landlords to use their own capital receipts and borrow to bring council housing up to decent standard.
# Call for rethink of the principle of transferring council housing stock.
# Legislative power should be sought to force private sector landlords to regulate the behaviour of their tenants.
WALES TUC # Increase investment in essential public services, without turning to private finance initiatives.
# Take urgent action to regenerate the Welsh economy. # Maintain a strong and effective partnership with trade unions. # Work with Wales TUC to ensure that all workers have the right to trade union recognition.
COUNCIL OF MORTGAGE LENDERS CYMRU# Expand the current low-cost home ownership options, especially H o m e b u y. …