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Heledd Fychan MS to host third Cost-of-living Event

With the rise in the cost of living hitting communities in Wales hard this winter, I am inviting organisations from across the region to come together share their experiences of how the crisis is hitting those they support and what impact this is having on their organisations’ ability to provide this support. This is the third such event organised by myself and my team in 2022, and previous attendees as well as new are all welcome.  

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Heledd Fychan MS: "As a democratic nation we should make our own history and decide whether we want a Prince of Wales"

Imposing his son as Prince of Wales the day after the death of his mother was a power move like no other by the new King.  

Such a blatant political statement, at a time of official national mourning, had obviously been planned years in advance. So too was the King’s well-rehearsed bilingual speech to the Senedd, in which he referenced Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last native Prince of Wales. The fact it was delivered on Owain Glyndwr Day only added to the drama. In case you missed it, here’s the relevant extract of the speech: 

“That ancient title dated to the times of those great Welsh rulers like Llywelyn ap Gruffydd whose memory is still rightly honoured, I now pass to my son William…” 

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Plaid Cymru responds to WRU ban on trans sports women

Sports body must return to previous approach

Plaid Cymru has issued a statement condemning the WRU’s decision to impose a blanket ban Trans Women from taking part in elite rugby in Wales.

In their joint statement, Heledd Fychan MS – spokesperson for Culture and Sports, and Sioned Williams MS – spokesperson for Social Justice and Equalities, said:

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Support with School Costs

Are you looking for a school uniform for the new school year?

 

With the cost of living rising, thousands of families are struggling to afford the basics – let alone expensive uniforms.

 

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“The creativity and innovation fostered by our Eisteddfodau will be critical to the future success of Wales” – Heledd Fychan MS

As the first National Eisteddfod in three years kicks off in Tregaron, Plaid Cymru has today called on Welsh Government to extend its support for the festival to ensure its continued success for the future.

Whilst welcoming the funding provided to the National Eisteddfod during the Covid-19 pandemic and also the funding to offer 15,000 free tickets, Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson for Culture and the Welsh Language, Heledd Fychan MS believes that greater support should be provided over the coming years to enable the National Eisteddfod to continue to evolve, to better promote itself to international audiences, and also to extend the provision of free tickets to people of all ages so that more can participate in, and enjoy, what the Eisteddfod has to offer.

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Heledd Fychan MS visits Abercwmboi to speak with residents affected by the flooding

Residents of Abercwmboi have been in touch with me after receiving one of the Flood Packs my office has produced. Residents are still worried sick about the systems that are meant to protect them from future flooding events like Storm Dennis, which impacted them in 2020.

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Cost of living event discusses how best to support people who are struggling

On Tuesday 19 July, Heledd Member of the Senedd for South Wales Central and Luke Fletcher Member of the Senedd for South Wales West held a Cost-of-living event in Pontyclun. This built on an event organised by Heledd Fychan MS in Treforest in February, and brought together organisations from across the region of South Wales Central who are working to support people impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.

As we all know, increasing costs of food, fuel and energy are putting individuals and families under huge strain. The focus of the event was to get a clearer understanding of how the cost-of-living crisis was affecting local organisations and their service users. It also provided an opportunity for attendees to establish working relationships and to learn best practice from one another.

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Terms of Reference of the Independent flood Review announced

Monday (18.6.22) the Welsh Government announced the terms of reference for the independent flood review.  

Secured as part of the Plaid Cymru co-operation agreement, this review is an important first step in securing the answers and Justice for everyone that was affected by the flooding that occurred in February 2020, as well as across Wales in 2020 and 2021. 

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“When it comes to the World Cup, we shouldn’t blend into a combined UK brand” – Heledd Fychan MS

Plaid Cymru has blasted the Welsh Government for lack of leadership, objectives and overall strategy over the opportunities presented by the Wales men’s football team being in the World Cup.

Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson for sport, Heledd Fychan MS noted that concerns were raised in the last Wales International Cross Party Group, over the lack of clarity on who is leading the project; how organisations and businesses will be involved; whether any objectives have been set, and what investment is being made by government to ensure opportunities are not missed.

 

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​'Rapid review' needed to tackle education inequality in Wales

Plaid Cymru's Children and Young People spokesperson, Heledd Fychan MS, has today called on the Education Minister to consider launching a Rapid Review of education inequality in Wales.

Her call comes as new research published today by the Education Policy Institute shows that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are falling behind their counterparts by up to two years in some areas.

Heledd Fychan MS said that the issue must be addressed urgently given that the cost-of-living crisis is likely to exacerbate inequalities over the coming months and years. 

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