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7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: You're calling us names and you won't take an intervention.

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Oh, great. Would you accept that international research demonstrates that universal free school meals, which have been introduced through co-operation with the Welsh Government in primary schools, is one of the key ways to reduce child poverty, or do you dispute all that international evidence that supports that?

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: We do, actually. Plaid Cymru do.

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Will you take an intervention?

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: 'In some circumstances even people who are in receipt of benefits are not eligible for Welsh grants and allowances as their incomes are too high. The two benefits that demonstrate this best are the Schools Essentials Grant and Free School Meals (in secondary school). A child whose family receives Universal Credit would only be eligible under either scheme if their annual household earnings is...

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: The children's commissioner is clear that there is a need to consider continued absence in the context of poverty, saying that tackling child poverty has to be a key driver in reducing absence. It was therefore worrying to hear her tell the Children, Young People and Education Committee recently that she felt that Ministers had been less open to her input on child poverty, and was less...

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: I completely agree, and that's why we need to make sure that we have housing justice and we have measures, of course, in the co-operation agreement to try and address that problem.

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: To return to the point that I was talking about, the reason that I disagree with the statement by the Government that high-quality teaching and learning is the most important school-based factor in tackling the impact of poverty on attainment is, if a child is hungry at school, it's harder for them to concentrate, harder for them to learn effectively, and research has shown that that child...

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Yes. Can I just finish my sentence?

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: While the measures listed in your amendment are welcome, of course, the statement that the Government believes that high-quality teaching and learning is the most important school-based factor in tackling the impact of poverty on attainment is a difficult one to agree with in truth. Janet.

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Child poverty and educational attainment (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Thank you, Dirprwy Lywydd. Report after report has been noted and cited in this place regarding the impact of child poverty and the dire and urgent need to improve how the Government is tackling this, which prevents up to a third of our children from reaching their full potential—how poverty is having a detrimental effect in terms of physical and mental health, and how it causes harmful...

6. Welsh Conservatives Debate: Programme for International Student Assessment results (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Thank you, Dirprwy Lywydd. As Plaid Cymru has previously noted in responding to the latest PISA results, it's important that we reflect on and consider the implications seriously. The central point to bear in mind is that PISA aims to help Governments improve the education of young people, rather than being some kind of contest for its own sake. Of course, we agree that COVID has had a huge...

5. Debate on the Equality and Social Justice Committee Report, 'Calling time on child poverty: how Wales can do better' (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Yes, I will. Take the brave, bold and radical decisions that are difficult politically—take them—if tackling child poverty is no longer to be managed but is to be eradicated.

5. Debate on the Equality and Social Justice Committee Report, 'Calling time on child poverty: how Wales can do better' (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: 'Now, I know that the Welsh Government says its powers are more restricted than those of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government, but if we think that there is nothing that the Welsh Government or Senedd can do to reduce poverty in Wales, I'd pack up. Of course there are things to do. So, I think one of the key things is delivery: what are the actions in it, how will they be...

2. Questions to the Minister for Health and Social Services: Swansea Bay University Health Board (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Thank you, Minister. Last week, seven wards at Morriston Hospital had to close due to cases of norovirus, COVID, flu and C. difficile, and the infections had spread to such an extent that the hospital had to close to visitors for six days. It was only yesterday that the health board was able to reopen to visitors, although one ward is still closed to visitors. It was a very worrying time for...

1. Questions to the Minister for Economy: Job Losses at Tata Steel (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Diolch, Weinidog. It's good to hear that, because many people in the region I represent are facing a terrifically hard new year. As the workers employed at Tata Steel, their families, those in the town and its neighbouring communities look ahead, the picture is still one of terrible uncertainty, deep worry and concern. There's still no firm news, as you've indicated, no clear indication of...

1. Questions to the Minister for Economy: Job Losses at Tata Steel (10 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: 1. Will the Minister provide an update regarding the potential job losses at Tata Steel in Port Talbot? OQ60456


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