Plaid Cymru has promised to provide free childcare for every child over the age of two if they win the Senedd election in two months’ time.
The party’s leader, Adam Price MS, will address Plaid Cymru’s Annual Spring Conference on Friday and outline his vision for the future of Wales.
Mr Price, the serving MS for the constituency of Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, will vow to “heal the deeper wounds of our nation” by laying out a post-Covid programme for a new Welsh Government.
Among the policies that will be implemented if a Plaid Cymru government is elected during the Senedd election on May 6, according to Mr Price, are ones that will tackle child poverty and what the party refers to as a housing crisis, along with a promise of free social care for people who need it.
Other key policies that Plaid Cymru will outline include free care for every child from the age of 24 months, and a council tax cut for thousands of families.
Addressing the party’s virtual conference, Mr Price said: “Behind the daily headline figures, the cumulative toll of the last twelve months, are individual human tragedies. But the scale of our suffering points to a deeper collective truth.
“We are not the country that we should be. We are not the country that we can be, and we are not the country we want to be.
“The statistics tell the story. There are 70,000 children in poverty in Wales that don’t even receive free school meals. There are 67,000 families on housing waiting lists.
“Over half of our care workers are paid less than the Real Living Wage.
“Let this be the year when we say no more. No more child hunger. No more homelessness and housing crisis. No more poverty pay.
“So as all of us, united as one, over the next few weeks and months roll up our sleeves to receive our jabs, let’s also commit to doing the collective work we need to do to heal the deeper wounds of this nation.
“Let’s ask ourselves ‘When all this is over, how do we want our world and our Wales to be different?’”
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Mr Price is also expected to address the issue of Welsh Independence, something that he has long been in favour of, having said previously that Plaid Cymru would offer a referendum on the topic to Welsh people if they enjoy a successful election.
Campaign group Yes Cymru’s membership grew by thousands in 2020, increasing the call for a choice to be presented to the people of Wales at some point in the coming years.
“Britain isn’t working for us anymore,” said Mr Price.
“The Britain of my parents’ generation, a brave and hopeful place, no longer exists - it has been erased and, in its place, we have the moral vacuum that is Westminster.
“We are a nation which values above all else kindness, empathy and cooperation, locked into a political system increasingly based on selfishness and greed.
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Mr Price added: “The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the reality of modern Britain: a state defined by crushing poverty, ruled by a corrupt elite that gives contracts to its friends and denies furlough to its neighbours.
“The future cannot be like the past, and it will not be if we decide our own future. The poverty we see around us as a nation is not our destiny. But it is our moment of truth. Seize that moment and there is nothing that is impossible.”