Last weekend Heledd Fychan MS joined activist on the streets of Cardiff to protest the cost-of-Living crisis.
Speaking at the protest organised by the People’s Assembly, Heledd Fychan MS spoke about the impact of the crisis on people in Wales:
“The astronomical rise in the price of food, energy and fuel means that individuals, couples and families that were already struggling are having to try and find on average an extra £1,200 a year just to have these basics. And with salaries stagnant, and income having dropped in many households as a result of the pandemic, inevitably, too many people are either having to choose between eating or heating – a choice no one should have to make.
We know that increases in the cost of living disproportionately effects those most vulnerable in society, those who are already at a socio-economic disadvantage in Welsh society such as renters, those on low incomes or in insecure work, disabled people, children, lone parents, older people, care leavers, and Black, Asian and ethnic minority households. Greater costs will only make things worse.
This isn’t just a cost-of-living crisis – it is an emergency. People are dying and will die because of decisions being taken by the UK oveGrnment – we don’t accept that poverty is inevitable, and we don’t accept that nothing can be done to tackle this emergency.”
Tackling this issue is a priority for Heledd who has been working with Plaid Cymru as well local organisations to identify practical ways we can support those impacted by the crisis.
You can read more about what our office is doing to support local people here.
In the meantime, if you, or anyone you know, is in crisis or need advice on any matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office for assistance either by emailing [email protected] or by calling 01443 853214.