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9. Debate on petitions P-06-1359 and P-06-1362 concerning support for childcare costs (31 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: —on top of what she said in Davos recently about not increasing taxes on wealth or major corporations, was appalling in the context of the message in these petitions. We have to invest in our most precious asset, our children.

9. Debate on petitions P-06-1359 and P-06-1362 concerning support for childcare costs (31 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: I have a great deal of sympathy with those who have submitted and signed these petitions, and I fully support the aims of the petitions, because investment in the early years is the most important step that can be taken to deliver equality, according to UNICEF. The need for better provision of affordable childcare is a call that Plaid Cymru has been making for years now, and as we've heard,...

1. Questions to the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (31 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Diolch. The expert group also highlighted, of course, the effect of the cost-of-living crisis on older people in Wales. Around one in five older people in Wales live in poverty, and many more have been badly affected by the crisis. A report published yesterday by the Older People's Commissioner for Wales found that a significant number of older people in Wales, including a third of people...

1. Questions to the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (31 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Diolch, Llywydd. Citizens Advice Cymru has just published their 2023 review dashboard highlights, which show that they are continuing to help unprecedented numbers of people in crisis. By the end of the year, they'd referred 21,000 people to foodbanks or other charitable support for the first time, almost double the number of 2021. And after another year of record high energy prices and...

5. Statement by the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Holocaust Memorial Day (30 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: The Holocaust, therefore, demands that we take a stand. It calls publicly for an end to prejudice and hatred or violence on the basis of race, religion, sexuality or gender, or any characteristics that are used as grounds for oppression, injustice or limited freedoms, as grounds for causing suffering, as grounds for causing famine, as grounds for driving people from their homes, as grounds...

5. Statement by the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Holocaust Memorial Day (30 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: 'I recall once, at his home, that he referred to the silence of decent people in Germany, and elsewhere, in the presence of the monstrous and unspeakable deeds of Hitler, and spoke of the need to make public protest against such.... That he very publicly marched to Selma and very publicly opposed the Vietnam war...all this was no accident. It was his passionate reaction against the craven...

5. Statement by the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: Holocaust Memorial Day (30 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: As you reflected in your statement, Minister, at the heart of our acts of remembrance, in response to the horrors of the Holocaust, is a reflection on humanity's ability to cause such suffering to fellow humans, and also humanity's ability to remain silent in the face of such suffering. A refusal to remain silent in the face of a state's atrocities against a specific group of people, such as...

5. Urgent Debate: Job losses at Tata Steel and the future of the steel industry in Wales (24 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: As Rhun ap Iorwerth put to the First Minister yesterday, it's not just about the money—it's also about a plan. And it's now even more crucial that we see support for initiatives that retain and increase the skills base needed for the future in the Port Talbot area. Last Thursday, on the day the news started to reach us from London, I was in Port Talbot, meeting with a local fabricating and...

5. Urgent Debate: Job losses at Tata Steel and the future of the steel industry in Wales (24 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: It has been a tortuous few weeks for thousands of people I represent since we heard that announcement that the heavy end of the steelworks would close entirely. So much uncertainty then, so much worry, but also a desperate hope that the plan that was presented by the unions would persuade Tata to change their decision, to make a more gradual change, thus avoiding such sudden and significant...

4. 90-second Statements (24 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Yesterday marked 15 years since the death of Paul Ridd. Paul was a man with a learning disability from Baglan, who died in Morriston Hospital in 2009. Paul's death was avoidable, with an inquest in 2013 confirming he had died from natural causes contributed to by neglect. Paul's family established the Paul Ridd Foundation to help improve health outcomes for people with a learning disability....

6. Statement by the Deputy Minister for Social Partnership: Implementation of the Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Act 2023 (23 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Plaid Cymru recognises the importance of this Act, specifically, as you said, as regards socially responsible procurement, of course, but also for strengthening the rights of our workers and unions, and we were glad to work, of course, with the Government on the legislation as part of our co-operation agreement. However, with the strikes Act that was passed by Westminster last year—in other...

4. Statement by the Minister for Social Justice and Chief Whip: The Child Poverty Strategy for Wales (23 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: After months—no, actually, years—of asking—pleading, actually—Plaid Cymru is glad to see the publication, at last, of a new child poverty strategy. That is welcome. What is also welcome is that this is an improvement on the draft we received last year, which was roundly and rightly criticized as weak and incoherent, and, in the view of the children's commissioner, did not match the...

3. Statement by the Minister for Economy: Tata Steel (23 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Thank you for the statement, Minister. I want to echo the view that the significant redundancies, made far too swiftly, are unacceptable when there are other viable options available to us. I want to emphasise once again the devastating impact that this is having on the communities and the people I represent in Port Talbot, and across the three counties I represent at the Senedd—Neath Port...

7. Plaid Cymru Debate: Apprenticeships (17 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: I have seen with my own eyes, during a visit to the JES Group company in Port Talbot, the pride and skills that can be derived from an apprenticeship. It was a genuinely striking experience to see a local successful company develop an innovative and successful apprenticeship programme that provides local opportunities to local people. The benefits for the company, for the apprentices, and for...

2. Questions to the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (17 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Thank you. Of course, those higher skills and the need to reskill is something that closes the equality gap in terms of wages and attainment, and also as regards our economy as well. And the Government's own analysis shows that the cuts to postgraduate grants and bursaries will have a disproportionate impact on specific groups within society. For example, women who want to study STEMM...

2. Questions to the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language: Questions Without Notice from Party Spokespeople (17 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Thank you, Llywydd. The Welsh Government’s draft budget will make significant cuts to post-16 education, with some of the most prominent cuts to education being in funding for postgraduate studies. There is no doubt that moving to a loan-only system for postgraduate students will increase levels of inequality in terms of access to higher education, especially given that students have been...

QNR: Questions to the Minister for Education and the Welsh Language (17 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: How is the Government supporting post-16 learners with learning disabilities?

4. Statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services: Winter pressures in healthcare (16 Jan 2024)

Sioned Williams: Last week, Minister, as a result of the closure of wards in Morriston Hospital and the prevention of visits, I asked you about the recent advice from the World Health Organization to consider making mask wearing mandatory in health settings. It's a call that's been echoed by the Royal College of Nursing in a letter to the chief nursing officer. They are also calling for improved ventilation...

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

Sioned Williams: Thank you, Llywydd. I’d like to thank everybody who’s contributed to this debate this afternoon. Breaking the link between poverty and educational attainment is something that needs to be prioritised better if we want to see an increase in educational performance, if we want to create fairness for all children, if we want to allow our young citizens to reach their full potential. It’s...


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