Social Justice and Equalities
Plaid Cymru believes in a fair and just society where everyone is treated equally and enjoys the same rights and opportunities. We would press for devolution of the Equality Act 2010 to the Senedd.
We would instill kindness at every level of government and in public policy, following the Scottish Government example. We would also be a Government that recognises the complex intersectional barriers that individuals must overcome. Addressing matters of equality is not a “one size fits all” approach.
We would set challenging targets for public sector recruitment for ensuring people with diverse characteristics are visibly represented in government at all levels – with a particular focus on the under-representation of women and people of colour in senior positions.
In addition we would:
- Create a Statutory Poverty and Inequality Commission.
- Seek the devolved powers to replace Carer’s Allowance with a Universal Carers Income – non-means tested and equal at least to the level of Job Seekers Allowance - for all carers providing more than 35 hours of care.
- Respond to future trends such as automation in ways that reduce inequalities rather than perpetuating them.
- Explore opportunities for promoting a shorter working week and a better work-life balance.