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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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RCT Council’s Cabinet approves plans that risks the future of Welsh medium education in the north of Pontypridd

On Wednesday 22 June 2022, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Labour Cabinet unanimously voted in favour of proposals to create a new English medium school in Glyncoch.

The school, which is due to be built on the site of the former Ty Gwyn school, will replace Cefn and Craig yr Hesg primary schools. In the report recommending the proposal it was noted that this new school would “increase capacity and improve the quality of the English medium primary education provision available to learners in Glyncoch.”

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RCT Council urged to properly engage residents and businesses in plans to regenerate Pontypridd

Today, RCT Council’s Cabinet are due to discuss the new Pontypridd Placemaking Plan.

Whilst investment and development is very much needed in the area under consideration, local Plaid Cymru representatives are today urging RCT Council to re-consult and more importantly listen to the views of residents, local businesses and users of the town.

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Tafwyl

It was great to visit Tafwyl over the weekend, and enjoy the entertainment as well as the stalls.

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Work experience: Deian Hughes

Deian Hughes is a first year Politics and International Relations student from Cardiff University who this week joined the team to gain experience in my constituency and Senedd office. On his final day he wrote this blog about his experience 

 

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“We have our own sporting teams, parliament and language – we shouldn’t have to fight for air space with other UK nations” – Heledd Fychan MS

 

Plaid Cymru’s campaign to bring powers over broadcasting home to Wales is a step closer after a new expert panel to pave the way for the devolution of communications and broadcasting powers to Wales has today been announced.

The expert panel, which is being established as part of the Co-operation Agreement between the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru, will provide recommendations and options to help strengthen Wales’ media, and support the development of plans for an effective and fit for purpose regulatory framework for Wales.

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Visit to the Eisteddfod Urdd

Yesterday, I visited the Urdd Eisteddfod in Denbigh with my family. It was fantastic to be back on the maes for the first time since 2019 as both the 2020 and 2021 eisteddfodau unfortunately had to be cancelled due to Covid.

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Independent Inquiry: The expansion of Craig y Hesg Quarry

Over the past few years, I have supported local residents in campaigning against the expansion of Craig Yr Hesg Quarry. Applications for expansion have been rejected twice by Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Council Planning Committee and now Planning and Environment Decisions Wales’ public inquiry into the extension is set to begin on Tuesday 21st of June 2022.

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Visit to the Scottish Parliament

Earlier this week, I visited the Scottish Parliament as I represent the Senedd on the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly.

I sit on the Environmental and Social sub-committee and we are currently undertaking an inquiry into provision for indigenous minority languages. Evidence was taken in Wales in 2019, and this was our opportunity to here about the situation in Scotland in relation to all indigenous languages. Amongst those giving evidence was Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Scottish Government.

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