The Party of Wales believes in politically empowering young people by listening to what you have to say, giving you a voice and representing your interests in the Assembly, Westminster and beyond. Here are some of the initiatives we've delivered and principles we believe in.
Voting for 16 and 17 year olds
Plaid Cymru believes that 16 and 17 year olds should have the right to participate in Assembly elections and other elections affecting Wales – we believe that young people’s voices and contribution to the democratic process is vital.
Following campaigns and calls by Plaid Cymru for creating a Youth Parliament, the Assembly Presiding Officer has committed to initiating the process of developing a Youth Parliament at an early stage.
During the process of leaving the European Union, Plaid Cymru will not support any agreement which will be deleterious to Wales. We call on the Westminster and Welsh Governments to safeguard the Welsh economy and the jobs and welfare of the people of Wales during this process.
We believe that further education colleges and apprenticeships can deliver skills which are equal in value to those of universities. As part of the 2017-18 budget agreement with the Welsh Government, Plaid Cymru has secured an additional £30 million for higher education, further education and learning pathways.
As a matter of principle, we believe that higher education, which is a public good and which benefits society as a whole, should be free at the point of delivery and paid for through public taxation. We constantly call for improvements in the higher education funding system, and for it to be made fairer and more appropriate for young people in Wales.
Young People’s Mental Health
Plaid Cymru secured an additional £20 million in the 2017-18 budget for mental health services, which will mean that more talking therapies and other services will be made available, particularly for young people. We have also challenged the Welsh Government to improve waiting times in children and adolescent mental health services.
We believe that everyone in Wales has the right to a good quality home in the area of their choice. Young people particularly have been priced out of the housing market in many areas of Wales for a variety of reasons. Rather than looking forward to having their foot on the housing ladder, they are forced into the private rented sector where rents escalate with no corresponding rise in quality. We are working constantly to change this situation and to create a situation which is fairer for everyone.
The Welsh Language
Plaid Cymru wants to see a genuinely bilingual Wales where people can choose which language to use in their everyday lives. To reach this aim, the number of Welsh speakers will need to increase significantly in all parts of the country, and opportunities secured for them to use the language whenever they choose.
The Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has made a firm stand against the recent trend towards racism, xenophobia, misogyny and intolerance. She discussed these subjects in her speech to Conference – you can watch it here.