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Thursday

17:30

A Wales for Everyone, panel discussion with our Sections – Chaired by Leanne Wood

What are the issues facing the diverse membership of our country and party and how can we tackle them together? We can begin by connecting and supporting Party members through their work with our Sections. Through the work of our Sections we can help push towards a truly inclusive and welcoming Wales in our party, communities and country.

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17:30

It’s not “either or” – How to create a fair private rented sector without pitting tenants and landlords against each other with the Residential Landlords’ Association

Join the National Residential Landlords Association to hear what the UK’s foremost landlord representative organisation’s policy priorities are ahead of the 2021 Senedd election. With panellists from Plaid Cymru and the housing sector, this event promises to reveal much about ambitions for the private rented sector for years to come.

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17:30

Spain, Democracy and the National Question

Why does the Spanish state have such a problem regarding the Basque Country and Catalonia? Spanish centre left, centre right and far right parties are united in defending the unity of Spain and in opposing any referendum on Catalan independence. The right wing want to roll back the autonomy achieved by the Basque and Catalan Parliaments.

This Fringe will hear from representatives of Bildu, the radical pro-independence party which has made significant advances despite the efforts of the Spanish state, and the Catalan Left Republican Party, ERC, whose leader, Oriol Junqueras, is in jail and who Spain refuses to allow to take his seat in the European Parliament.

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19:00-19:45

LGBTQ+ Rights and Issues in Modern Wales with Plaid Pride

Speaking with LGBTQ+ Candidates and Representatives we discuss navigating the political landscape and the issues that we face. How we can support members of Plaid Pride and empower them to become party activists. Our work is to champion LGBTQIA+ rights at a Welsh, European and Global level and to shape policies within Plaid Cymru. Our core aim is the establishment of an independent Welsh Republic which is equal, socially just and fair.

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19:45-20:30

Wales, it’s us! Welsh and BME, reaching out for diversity with Plaid BME

Plaid BME is pleased to present our section here at the fringe. We aim to engage, empower and advocate BME voices in Welsh politics, to build a Wales that is truly representative of all its people. Our section wants to begin the conversation on our place in Wales, our identities and how we can engage others in better representing seldom heard parts of our communities. We are also keen to work with other marginalised voices in recognition of the intersectional nature of our struggle toward developing a Wales where everyone has an equal chance of succeeding, through education, employment, housing and representation in decision making.

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19:45-20:30

Why Join a Union? With Undeb

We will discuss the benefits and positives of joining a Union and how being a union member can help during your employment. We campaign under the Plaid Cymru umbrella on trade union issues within our own unions and the wider workers' movement. We are active in campaigning for equality within the workers' movement. Winning organised workers over. 

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20:30-21:15

Pub Quiz with Plaid Ifanc

A pun based quiz and social event for Plaid members. Test your knowledge, meet members a fun time guaranteed.

Members Only

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20:30-21:15

Women and the Workplace with Merched Plaid

I don’t think that elected politics is in general, family friendly.” Bethan Sayed MS cites parenthood as one of the reasons for not seeking re-election in the May 2020 Senedd Elections. Merched Plaid invites its members to explore the issues around returning to work after maternity/paternity leave; balancing work, life and politics; the difficulties facing women in politics. The discussion will be led by an elected politician.

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Friday

13:45-14:30

‘Back the Bill’ – a Right to Housing for All with Tai Pawb

Wales is in the midst of a housing crisis.

Conference season 2020 comes at a critical point, not just for the Welsh housing sector but for equality and human rights – more especially in the light of COVID-19 where the importance of staying at home has been central to all public health messages. For too many people, ‘home’ is insecure, unaffordable or unfit for purpose.

Our panellists will make the case for fully incorporating the Right to Adequate Housing into Welsh Law which we believe is the ambitious step needed to end the housing crisis, providing accessible and sustainable housing options for everyone in Wales. Hear from some of Wales‘ leading housing and homelessness organisations:

Alicja Zalesinska | Director | Tai Pawb

John Puzey | Director | Shelter Cymru

Matt Dicks | Director | CIH Cymru

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13:45-14:30

Building a better Wales with CECA

Is what we build and how we build it “fit for the future”?

At the start of the new decade we already faced many challenges in terms of “building a better Wales”. The pandemic has brought many of the challenges we face into even sharper focus. In some cases it drives greater urgency, in others it may drive us towards other solutions. The issue of climate change was considered an emergency prior to the pandemic. How we consider social and environmental issues alongside economic ones is also an issue which has come more to the fore.

This session will consider the role of infrastructure, buildings and housing in supporting how we live our lives in the future.

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13:45-14:30

Community Pharmacy Wales

Community Pharmacy Wales would like to invite you to attend a discussion of our manifesto for the Welsh Parliament election in 2021, and issues relating to community pharmacy arising from Covid-19.

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15:30 – 16:15

Leave No-one Behind: Making Change Happen with the Older People’s Commissioner

Join the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots, and Rhun ap Iorwerth MS, Shadow Minister for Health and Finance, to discuss the Commissioner’s latest report Leave No-one Behind, which outlined the significant impact that Covid-19 has had on older people, and set out the action needed as we move forward to ensure that older people can participate fully in Wales’s recovery and can access any support they may need over the winter months.

This session will focus on how we make change happen over the coming months and priorities for the next Senedd term ahead of next year’s election.

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15:30 – 16:15

Building Back Well: How it will be achieved by a Plaid Cymru Government

Join us to hear Plaid Cymru's Shadow Economy Minister Helen Mary Jones MS outline how a Plaid programme of government will rebuild Wales' economy in light of Covid-19. With rising unemployment, changes to the labour market, and a reduction in economic productivity and output what measures will Plaid Cymru introduce in Government to ensure economic growth and properity that embeds sustainabilty and equality across Wales? 

Sponsored by the CIPD Wales, and chaired by Director of Deryn, and former Plaid AM, Nerys Evans.

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16:30 – 17:15

Communities and COVID – what’s next with Building Communities Trust

Community activity has been essential in helping us cope with the impacts from COVID. As we move into a phase where economic and health crises combine, community organisations have a major role to play in promoting local wellbeing and resilience.

This event will hear from two different community initiatives about the work they do and how they and similar organisations provide vital support in so many Welsh communities.

The event will be chaired by Mabon ap Gwynfor; other speakers include Chris Johnes from Building Communities Trust, Ceri Cunnington from Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog and Claire Pugh from We are Plas Madoc.

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16:30 – 17:15

Banc Cambria

Banc Cambria is the community bank for Wales. As we move toward getting operational, come and meet some of the Banc Cambria team and hear more about their exciting plans to bring a Welsh owned, Wales-focused, not for profit community bank to every part of Wales.

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16:30 – 17:15

#Diverse5050 with the Women’s Equality Network

To what positive measures must political parties commit to ensure diverse representation at the Senedd and in local government? Following the publication of the report from the Committee for Senedd Electoral Reform, a coalition of 16 organisations representing approximately 17k people are calling for strong action with their #Diverse5050 campaign. This fringe will discuss how quotas, publication of diversity data and a commitment to change will all be needed to see a truly diverse Senedd.

Chair: Sian Gwenllian MS

Panel: Women’s Equality Network Wales, Ethnic Youth & Minorities Support Team Wales (EYST), and Race Council Cymru.

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Saturday

13:00 – 13:45

Citizens Advice Cymru: Taxing Times: What does Covid19 mean for the future of Council Tax in Wales? 

The Coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on household finances. Despite interventions to protect people’s incomes and give them options to reduce their costs during the pandemic, we are  seeing people affected by the crisis who are struggling to make ends meet. 

With Council Tax being the number one debt issue for the people Citizens Advice Cymru helps, policy-makers in Wales need to take steps to prevent people falling further into Council Tax debt as we move into the next phase of the Coronavirus crisis.  Join our panel including Helen Mary Jones MS and Delyth Jewel MS to discuss the future of Council Tax. 

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13:00 – 13:45

British Heart Foundation 

British Heart Foundation Cymru representatives will be joined by two key clinicians from across Wales and Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Minister for Health, Rhun ap Iorwerth MS.

The future of a Heart Disease Delivery Plan is uncertain, but it is vital that Welsh Government commit to a strategic direction for the diagnosis, treatment and care of heart and circulatory diseases beyond 2021. Panelists will aim to cover three main themes:

  1. The early detection and management of high-risk conditions, such as high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and high cholesterol
  2. Equitable and timely access to high-quality and whole system pathways of care
  3. The importance and value of using data to drive quality improvement

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15:40 – 16:25

GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALS! in sustainable development with  Hub Cymru Africa

In Wales we have a proud tradition of International Development, solidarity and peace. We have an active and diverse sector working on community links, health and fair trade; and this needs to be celebrated. But in 2020 Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement has shown us just how interconnected we are, and how far we have to go to end inequalities internationally in a way that doesn’t perpetrate colonial structures. The wellbeing of Wales depends on global wellbeing. Join Dr Dai Lloyd and Hub Cymru Africa to discuss our vision for a globally responsible Wales.

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