This week marks three years since devastating flooding hit communities across South Wales Central as a result of Storm Dennis.
Speaking during First Minister’s questions in the Senedd today, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd Heledd Fychan outlined the continued impact on children and adults living in the communities affected and called on the Welsh Government to provide greater support, including mental health services as well as investment in the establishment of flood action groups.
ABUNDANTLY CLEAR” WELSH GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE DONE “CONSIDERABLY MORE” WITH WRU ALLEGATIONS, SAYS PLAID CYMRU
Heledd Fychan MS, Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson on sport has said that “it’s abundantly clear” that Welsh Government could have done “much, much more” to act on allegations over sexism and misogyny in the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).
Ms Fychan’s comments follow a scrutiny session in a Senedd Committee today (Thursday 2 February) of the Welsh Government over allegations surrounding the WRU.
During the scrutiny session, Dawn Bowden MS confirmed that she had been aware of issues raised by Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi in a letter received on 9 May 2022, and confirmed that the letter referred to “sexism and misogyny, which I think had been widely known within the WRU …probably going back 20 years.”
Plaid Cymru's sports, culture and international spokesperson, Heledd Fychan MS has responded to the resignation of WRU chief executive Steve Phillips
Heledd Fychan said:
“Steve Phillips’ position was untenable, and I welcome today’s news that he has stepped aside. It is the right action to take after the abject failure of the WRU to date to deal with very serious allegations of misogyny and sexism that were seemingly known to him and others.
“Nigel Walker’s appointment as Acting CEO must signal the beginning and not the end of the significant structural and cultural changes needed at the WRU.
“The Welsh Government should now consider whether it is appropriate for the WRU to receive any further public money until these changes are made. We need certainty that women are safe from horrific misogyny in rugby, as well as across society.”
Today (21 December 2022), Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for South Wales Central, Heledd Fychan, has written to the leader of Cardiff Council to express her concern at the proposals to privatise St David’s Hall, and close the Museum of Cardiff and solely operate as a mobile facility.
The proposals – which will be subject to a public consultation that commences on 23rdDecember – are reminiscent of previous plans put forward by the Council to downgrade Cardiff’s cultural offer in 2016.
On Thursday 15 December, Heledd Fychan, Member of the Senedd for South Wales Central, visited nurses striking outside the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to express her support and solidarity with their campaign.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have earmarked Garth Olwg Care Home for closure in the new year in a cruel move that would mean moving the elderly and vulnerable residents, who are cared for there by an excellent team of dedicated staff, to locations further away from their community.
Following the news that Pontypridd Post Office’s current operators are due to finish on 23rd December 2022, Plaid Cymru MS for South Wales Central, Heledd Fychan, has raised concerns in the Senedd. She has also written to the Post Office, who have confirmed that they are looking for new operators but that no one is currently in place to take over the service.