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Plaid Cymru pledges to give free school meals to every primary school child

26 Mar 2021 3 minutes Read
Adam Price: Picture by Plaid Cymru (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Plaid Cymru has pledged to give free school meals to every child in primary school if it forms the next Welsh Government.

The party made the pledge ahead of its election campaign launch, and its leader, Adam Price has also said he wants to “build a new economy” in order to root out inequality.

He said that “putting Wales’ future in Wales’ hands” is the only way to “put an end to the poverty of ambition under Labour and to thwart the Tory threat to wipe Wales off the political map.”

At the launch Adam Price will set out some of Plaid Cymru’s key election pledges, which include creating to 60,000 green jobs, training and recruiting 6,000 new frontline staff in the NHS and cutting the average Council Tax bill.

Price said that Plaid Cymru is the only party offering a programme for government “with economic dynamism and social justice at its heart.”

Some of Plaid Cymru’s key policies will include:

– Delivering 50,000 social and affordable homes

– A Green Economic Stimulus creating 60,000 jobs

– Extending Free School Meals to every child in primary school

– Training and recruiting 1,000 doctors, 4,000 nurses and 1,000 allied health professionals

– Good quality green space within a five-minute walk of all households

– Reforming council tax and cutting the average bill

‘Interdependence’ 

Speaking ahead of the Plaid Cymru campaign launch, Adam Price said: “The past year has highlighted the interdependence between our economy and public services.

“The next Welsh Government will face a huge challenge in tackling unemployment, supporting businesses, and getting our schools and NHS back on track.

“Plaid Cymru is the only party offering a programme for government with economic dynamism and social justice at its heart.

“With ambitious but fully costed policies ranging from creating 60,000 green jobs to training and recruiting 6,000 frontline staff in the NHS, and reforming council tax in order to cut the average bill, Plaid Cymru will build a new economy that will form the foundations of a new and independent Wales.

“Putting Wales’ future in Wales’ hands is the only way to put and end to the poverty of ambition under Labour and to thwart the Tory threat to wipe our country off the political map.

“Wales cannot wait for Labour to find courage or for the Tories to find a conscience – we need new energy and new ideas now. That is precisely what a vote for Plaid Cymru – a vote for Wales – offers on May 6th.

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