Making a Difference
Almost a quarter of a century ago, people in Wales voted for self-government for Wales, with a promise of a new type of politics. They placed their trust in a new democracy with an instruction to work differently – inclusively and co-operatively.
In the face of the pandemic, a cost of living crisis and a hostile Conservative government in Westminster - determined to do everything it can to undermine our national institutions – it is in our nation’s interests for parties to work together for Wales.
Following discussions and agreement with our members, Plaid Cymru entered into a Co-Operation Agreement with Welsh Government in December 2021.
It is thanks to Plaid Cymru that key policies - from feeding our children by extending free school meals, to caring for our elderly and vulnerable citizens through the creation of a National Care Service – now feature in an ambitious, nationbuilding Programme for Government.
✓ The Co-operation Agreement, negotiated by Plaid Cymru with Welsh Government, is a central element of our vision for local government across Wales.
✓ Free School Meals to all primary school children
✓ Free childcare for all two year olds
✓ A National Care Service to provide a stronger, seamless service and better working conditions for social care professionals
✓ Immediate action to address second homes and unaffordable housing, using the planning, property and taxation systems
✓ End homelessness
✓ Establish Unnos, a national construction company, to improve the supply of social and affordable housing
✓ Reform Council Tax to make it fairer
✓ Work with local authorities to develop plans for an integrated transport system
✓ Commission independent advice to examine potential pathways to net zero by 2035
✓ Commission an independent review into extreme flooding in winter 2020-21 and act on its recommendations
✓ Invest more in flood mitigation
✓ Improve mental health and wellbeing services, especially for young people
✓ Design new models for local government to work together in the West and the South
✓ Support local authorities to operate through the medium of Welsh
✓ Introduce a Welsh Language Education Bill