Powys

Two stories have emerged over the last couple of days which demonstrate the fragility of support for the rural economy in Wales, especially in Powys.

First of all is the news that Powys County Council is closing tourist information centres, thus undermining the attempts to attract more visitors to the area.

Secondly is the seemingly shambolic handling by WAG of business support services within the county.

Powys can ill afford such shenanigans.

Since Labour came to power in 1997, the average prosperity per head has fallen from 77 per cent of the UK average to 70 per cent of the UK average.

Contrast this Swansea which has grown from 76 per cent of the UK average to 81 per cent.

Yet Swansea is in receipt of billions of European Aid whilst Powys does not qualify for any support at all.

Powys, under Labour, has become the forgotten county of Wales and on the recent evidence, those in power are in no hurry to refresh their memories.

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