Assurances sought on future of Welsh Government presence in Newtown

Assurances over the long term future presence of the Welsh Government in Newtown have been sought by local AM, Russell George.


In questions to the Minister of Finance in the National Assembly for Wales, the Montgomeryshire Assembly Member, asked for a long term commitment to the Welsh Government's presence at Ladywell House in Newtown which is owned by Powys County Council.


Mr George said:


"The Welsh Government's lease at Ladywell House expires in March 2020 and I am concerned that the Cabinet Secretary felt unable to provide me with assurances that the Welsh Government will maintain a long-term presence in Newtown beyond 2020. 


"I welcome the confirmation that the Welsh Government is committed to "a well-dispersed, interconnected and accessible presence for the Welsh Government right across Wales" but that falls short of the firm commitment to Mid Wales which I was looking for.


"The Welsh Government have always had offices in Montgomeryshire since its creation and there has been some concern in the past that Welsh Government plans to scale back on its commitment to basing Welsh Government staff in Newtown.


"Now that Ladywell House has been sold to Powys County Council, I will be looking for a guarantee that the Welsh Government's presence as a significant employer in the area will be maintained."