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What has devolution done for wales? answer is a hell of a lot. UPDATED LIST.

Wales has benefited greatly from devolution but because of the medias inability to report anything positive, the welsh public have been misled on what devolution has done for them.

Why on earth isn't the media telling the welsh people how much they benefit from devolution?
Did you know Wales had around 3 new hospitals in 30 years and 4 new schools before devolution?
Since devolution Wales had to build 18 new hospitals and 22 new schools because of English neglect.
Did you know exports have gone up over 200% since devolution because London wasn't even trying to sell Wales abroad?
This alone is solid proof that the interests of wales is served far better by the welsh people in the welsh parliament.
It would be madness for wales to give back powers.
I honestly believe that there are 2 types of people that want to end devolution.

The crazy unionist who wouldn't support it regardless of its achievements. He/she would turn Wales into an English county if they could.
These people are nothing but enemies of the welsh nation. they want to damage you and everything Wales stand for. They would see you eating out of bins to save their union.
Then there are the people that have been misled and hold opinions that are so far from the truth it's almost laughable.
These people have been influenced by the media and the unionist above.

The fact is that everyone in Wales benefits from devolution one way or another.
To lose it would be a massive case of self-harm that's never been seen in the history of the welsh nation.

It wasn't to long ago the media were all over Cardiff airport. They were calling it all sorts and even calling for its closure due to falling passenger figures.


For every one of the last 13 months passenger numbers have been on the up and it is now the UKS fastest growing airport.

Why is the media not all over this?

Is it because they want you to have a negative view on the welsh government so try their best not to show any positives relating to it?

People slag it the same time they are directly benefiting from it every single day.

They say 'its never done anything for me' the same time they are getting the bus with their FREE BUS PASS to pick up their FREE PRESCRIPTION. They need to get back quick though to make dinner for their granddaughter who is home from her CHEAP UNI COURSE and grandson who is on the last day of his APPRENTICESHIP. The house is nice and warm thanks to the grant for a NEW BOILER AND INSULATION. Tomorrow they are all going out to visit local museums that have FREE ENTRY and then the granddaughter will be going back to uni to enjoy the new Swansea medical school BUILD BY THE WELSH GOVERNMENT. The grandparents will then be going swimming for FREE. The reason for these opinions is simply ignorance.
Ask anyone who wants the assembly closed and the answer they all give is complete nonsense.

anyway. here is what I can find so far.

If i have missed anything let me know and i will ad it. Remember, most of these benefits are not available in England.

Gross Value Added 1997-2015
£ per head of population

Poverty: Household income
% living in households with less than 60% median household income after housing costs

GCSE results in Wales
% of 15-year-olds reaching level 2 exam threshold

Annual trade figures for Wales
£m, 12 months to September
  •  Exports
  •  Imports

Market share of exports from Wales

  •  European Union
  •  N America
  •  Asia & Oceania
  •  Middle East & N Africa
  •  Others

✔Launched plan to support ✔Announced £6m to help ✔Celebrated 1st year of ✔Sealed & Abolition of Bills ✔Named new Chief Scientific Adviser ✔Opened 2 new schools
£80m New Treatment Fund, patients are getting faster access than ever before to life changing medicines

Safer' Down's syndrome test to be introduced in Wales

Why do technology start-ups choose Wales?

Wales leading the way in europe for recycling.

Pageant media creates 60 graduate level jobs with Welsh Government support

Wales set for biggest investment in infrastructure since devolution

Five brand new primary schools announced for Powys

£13 million 'super-school' agreed for Welshpool

Child burial and cremation fees scrapped in Wales

Since devolution, household income in Wales  has risen faster than the UK average

In a statement it said: "Since devolution, household income in Wales - the measure of how much households have to spend - has risen faster than the UK average; employment in Wales has significantly outperformed the UK; inward investment has increased by 200%; exports have risen by nearly 105% compared to 79% for the UK; average full time earnings in Wales have kept pace with the UK and the latest wealth and assets survey shows that Wales has the fourth highest total median wealth per household in Great Britain."

Care savings limit in Wales is raised to £40,000

Wales 'leading way' tackling homeless, expert says

People will only have to pay the full cost of their own residential care if they have more than £40,000 in savings and assets after the limit was raised.
Welsh ministers have increased the capital limit by £10,000 - a year ago it went up from £24,000 to £30,000.

I will add more when i get the time but you get the idea. 

quick note.....Wales had around 3 new hospitals in 30 years and 4 new schools before devolution.
Since devolution wales had to build 18 new hospitals and 22 new schools because of Westminster neglect. 

18 new hospitals including......

New Kidney Transplant Unit, PET scanners and Women’s Unit at UHW

New Cardiff and Vale Breast Centre.

Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales

Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan

Neath Port Talbot Hospital

Ystrad Fawr Way, Ystrad Mynach

Hafan y Coed, a new mental health facility at University Hospital Llandough

Cwmbran's Llanfrechfa £350m hospital

Barry Hospital

Royal Glamorgan Hospital

The establishment of the Swansea Medical School

Neath Port Talbot super school
Bro Tefi, the new Super School in Llandysul

Aberdare Community School

Ebbw Vale Learning Zone ...

Half a billion to improve current Welsh schools
The biggest investment in school buildings ever.

Thousands of more teachers and teaching assistants.

new Church in Wales Primary School has opened in Welshpool.

North Wales exhibition centre in Colwyn Bay

banning of smoking in public places

The Transport (Wales) Bill

The Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill

The Draft Tourism Accommodation Registration (Wales) Bill.

The LGBT staff network.

Free bus travel for pensioners.

The new Porth/Rhondda Fach Relief Road .

Leading the way in having an Older People’s Commissioner and Children’s Commissioner.

The £48m ProAct scheme to provide funding for employers facing difficulties in the
recession and thus safeguarding jobs in Wales.

The much-appreciated passenger railway line between Cardiff and Ebbw Vale

Establishment of Farming Connect, an integrated advice service for farmers.

The provision of free school milk for key stage one students in Wales.

A more open and transparent democracy.

Better access to the politicians who are making decisions and a better opportunity to influence the outcome of ministerial deliberations

Thousands of more modern apprenticeships

Funding for eco-schools.

Reduction in use of plastic bags.

More Blue Flag beaches making wales one of Europe's leaders.

Europes leader in recycling.
Investment in renewable energy and recycling.

Grants for insulation and new boilers

The passing of the motion that ensured Welsh students did not pay top-up fees.

The establishment of a new child-centred approach to early years education, particularly Foundation

Advances in education including the 14 to 19 Pathways, Foundation Phase and the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Devolution has had a positive impact which has resulted in Wales and its people grow in confidence.

Achievement and use of European Structural Funds.

Recognised the full effects of domestic violence and worked with voluntary organisations to support those threatened by it

Provision of free services such as prescriptions travel for older people and school breakfasts for primary school children.

record levels of investment in public services

free museums and free breakfasts

free prescriptions

Equal representation of men and women

Reducing class sizes

The launch of a mortgage rescue scheme to help people faced with losing their homes

Giving the opportunity for people to use Welsh or English in their daily lives

Taking the market out of health care

Better access and more help for good causes and charities, for example the extra £2m for
the Aberfan Memorial Charity and the Aberfan Education Charity

Securing the extra billions of investment from the European Union, through the Objective
One and convergence funding programs.

Record investment in former industrial areas

Tackling social exclusion

It has been able to establish and support important national institutions such as the Millennium Centre and National Botanic Gardens

free swimming for young people, over-60s and disabled people

create a footpath right around the Welsh coastline is opening up our beautiful coast to all.

Educational Maintenance Allowance kept for young people in Wales– scrapped in England

Welsh Jobs Fund promised to create 4,000 jobs for young people

The value of exports from Wales more than doubled between 1999 and 2013" doubled since the set up of the assembly.


  1. Hello. Nice list and it cannot be denied that many things have happened but unfortunately many things could've been better and some of your headlines need deeper release of facts. However that said the work is to be praised given the fight for funds but they need to be more efficient and perform better for their money. Wales could in truth never be independant. Improve Devolution with correct funding but major review of operating methods required first. Still can waste too much money at present. I believe devolution will stay but never independence!

    1. There are countries much smaller than Wales which are independent and doing just fine....... so dogmatically saying independence is impossible can be easily dismissed as dogma

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