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Local Plaid Cymru candidates take part Pro Ukraine rally

Plaid Cymru candidates in the local elections were privileged to be present at the pro-Ukraine rally in the Mumbles on 27th February. There are historic links with the local Ukrainian community, and plaid is planning to organise local help, asking members to consider offering accommodation for refugees.

                                                    

We stand with Ukraine!

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Commitments in Wales draft budget will “change people’s lives for the better” – Plaid Cymru

Commitments in Wales draft budget will “change people’s lives for the better” – Plaid Cymru

 

...but Wales still worse off under Westminster says finance spokesperson Llyr Gruffydd MS.

The Welsh Government budget will deliver an even fairer and stronger Wales thanks to Plaid Cymru’s ambitious policy pledges in the Co-Operation Agreement, Plaid Cymru Finance Spokesperson Llyr Gruffydd has said.

The Welsh Government’s budget will be published in full later today and is expected to contain funding for the priorities agreed between Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Government in the Co-operation Agreement Policy Programme including free school meals for all primary pupils and free childcare for all two year-olds.

Llyr Gruffydd MS said the commitments would build the nation and strengthen Wales in a number of areas and would secure transformational support for “some of our poorest households” and “change people’s lives for the better across Wales”.

However, Mr Gruffydd said “far more could be done” if the Welsh budget wasn’t dictated by a Westminster Government so “out of touch” with the needs of Wales.

Mr Gruffydd added that Wales would be better off to the tune of around £3 billion had Wales’ budget increased in line with the size of the UK economy since 2010.

 

Instead, Wales had been left to “foot the bill” for costly projects like HS2 and had seen 275,000 families plunged into poverty due to the Universal Credit cut earlier this year.

Mr Gruffydd said Plaid Cymru would continue to make the case for more financial powers for Wales “so that economic policy is driven by what is best for our communities and public services, not what works best for Boris Johnson and his Cabinet of millionaires.”

On 1 December, Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price and First Minister Mark Drakeford signed the Co-operation Agreement, marking the start of a three-year partnership.

The agreement covers 46 policy areas, including the extension of free school meals to all primary school pupils and childcare provision; the creation of a national care service and immediate and radical action to address the second homes crisis.

The Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru will work together to jointly develop and oversee the delivery of policies in the Co-operation Agreement.

Responding to the Welsh Government draft budget, Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru Finance spokesperson said,

“Thanks to Plaid Cymru, this budget will deliver an even fairer, even greener, even stronger Wales through ambitious policy pledges.

“From free school meals for all primary pupils to extending free childcare to all two-year olds and much more, the commitments secured by Plaid Cymru as part of the Co-operation Agreement with Welsh Government will secure transformational support for some of our poorest households and will change people’s lives for the better across Wales.

“In reality of course, far more could be done if the size and scale of the Welsh budget wasn’t dictated by a Tory UK Government in Westminster that is out of sight and so out of touch with our nation’s needs. Had the Budget increased in line with the size of the UK economy since 2010, Wales would be better off to the tune of £3billion.

“Instead, we are expected to foot the bill for eye-watering expenditure such as the HS2 rail project, set to be built entirely outside Wales and to the detriment of our economy.

“The Prime Minister’s cruel cut to Universal Credit is taking more than £280m from local economies and 275,000 Welsh families face being plunged into poverty.

“That is why Plaid Cymru will continue to make the case for more financial powers for Wales so that economic policy is driven by what is best for our communities and public services, not what works best for Boris Johnson and his Cabinet of millionaires.”

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Plaid sets out vision for ‘transformational’ social care – “free at the point of need”

Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price MS has today (Thursday 15 April) set out his party’s vision for delivering transformational change to social care in Wales by working towards offering care that is “free at the point of need”.

Adam Price MS said that one of the first acts of a Plaid Cymru government would be to establish a Commission to explore ways in which it could source extra money to fund the creation of a seamless Health and Social Care Service, free at the point of need.

The Plaid Cymru Leader added that the pandemic had “shone a light” on the invaluable contribution of care workers and reiterated his party’s pledge to guaranteeing a £10 an hour minimum wage for all care workers.

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Letter to Western Mail 29 March

Letter to Western Mail 29 March

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Western Mail Letter 10th March 2021

Letter 10th March 2021

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Western Mail Letter 4th March 2021

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John Davies Letter to the Press this week

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This is John's letter to the press 30-01-2021:

Dear Editor, 

Unlike half of its members, "Welsh" Labour "is proud" (Western Mail 21/1/21) of being part of the worst performing state in Europe with over 100,00O Covid deaths. 

The performance of Wales mirrors the main failures of the Tory government in England - lack of preparation, high levels of obesity and diabetes, being prepared to allow the Wales - Scotland game to go ahead, care home deaths, lack of PPEs, open borders, delays in testing, school exams fiasco and Xmas social mixing. 

We really are fed up listening to both the Tory Secretary of State and the Labour First minister constantly praising the benefits of the Union, all based on borrowed money. And to cap it all, we have Labour supporting Boris Johnson's trip to Scotland - a country where Labour has effectively disappeared. (Western Mail 29/1/21).

Roll on the election! 

Yours 

 

John Davies (Plaid Cymru Senedd candidate for Gower)

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“Vote for Wales” – A new ambitious Government for changing times

The election is an opportunity “harness the spirit of 1999 – the spirit of optimism, of hope, of a new beginning with a new government.”

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"People simply want to know when they might receive the vaccine"

Plaid Cymru calls for maximum transparency to build trust, and queries appointment system in open letter to Health Minister.

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Comprehensive education recovery plan urgently needed

Plaid Cymru's Siân Gwenllian MS calls for clear catch up plan for pupils following months of lost education

 

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