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Summary

  1. Children, Young People and Education Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance
  3. Questions to the Leader of the House
  4. Questions to the Assembly Commission
  5. Debate on the Assembly's Dignity and Respect Policy
  6. Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal – An electric vehicle charging planning Bill
  7. Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv) – Bowel cancer
  8. Plaid Cymru debate – Child poverty
  9. Short Debate: Rent stability – Why we need rent controls to ensure private renters get a fair deal.

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. 'Ensuring private rented sector is well regulated'

    Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans says the Welsh Government "has placed great emphasis on ensuring the private rented sector is well regulated and well managed".

    Rebecca Evans
  2. Rent controls 'help bring stability and justice'

    Jenny Rathbone says rent controls are helping bring stability and justice for Generation Rent in capital cities across the world.

    She says that "rent controls are just the beginning of what we need in Wales. We need a housing market that works for real people and honest landlords."

    Jenny Rathbone
  3. Dignity and Respect Policy approved

    AMs approve the National Assembly for Wales's Dignity and Respect Policy.

    There were 52 for, 2 abstentions and nobody against.

    vote
  4. 'Employment the best route out of poverty'

    Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies refers to the latest EHRC analysis which shows that UK Government tax and welfare reforms will push an extra 50,000 children into poverty by 2021/22.

    He says the Welsh Government's focus is on "employment as the best route out of poverty and the ambitious actions set out in the Economic Action Plan and Employability Plan".

    He cites investment in Flying Start, Families First, the Pupil Development Grant and the Healthy Child Wales Programme "to ensure every child has the best start in life".

    Huw Irranca-Davies
  5. No longer a target to end child poverty in Wales by 2020

    UKIP's David Rowlands reminds AMs that the Labour Welsh Government had promised to eliminate child poverty by 2020, before admitting the target cannot be achieved.

    David Rowlands
  6. 'Child poverty levels in Wales stand above the UK level'

    Conservative Mark Isherwood says that "child poverty levels in Wales stand above the UK level with rates rising before the last recession".

    Mark Isherwood
  7. 'Scandal of poverty'

    Plaid Cymru's Bethan Sayed says "child poverty is a scourge on our country.

    "I’m not going to sugar coat it. Nor am I going to seek to mislead anyone surrounding its cause or effects.

    "It gives me no joy to open this debate discussing the same scandal of poverty that exists in Wales which has only worsened in the last decade".

    Bethan Sayed
  8. Plaid Cymru debate

    The topic chosen for the Plaid Cymru debate is child poverty. The party proposes that

    the National Assembly for Wales:

    1. Notes the recent increase in child poverty.

    2. Notes research for Save the Children Cymru which found that: “By age five around a third of children living in poverty (30-35 percent) were already falling behind across a range of cognitive outcomes (i.e. vocabulary, problem solving, dexterity and coordination) compared with a fifth of those from better-off families (20-21 per cent)".

    3. Believes that responsibility for the increase in child poverty and for tackling child poverty, resides with both the UK Government and Welsh Government.

    4. Regrets that the Welsh Government has ended the Communities First programme without an evaluation of its effectiveness or a plan for its replacement.

    5. Calls on the Welsh Government to ensure equal access to high quality early childhood education and care for all children in Wales with a specific focus on providing additional support to all children living in poverty, as recommended by Save the Children Cymru.

    6. Further calls on the Welsh Government to take all steps within its powers to tackle child poverty as part of a new plan for eliminating child poverty that includes SMART targets rather than vague statements.

    7. Believes that such a plan can only succeed with the administrative control of social security and that securing these powers should be a major strategic objective of the new plan.

    Child poverty
  9. Bowel cancer: motion agreed

    The motion on bowel cancer is agreed without objection.

  10. 'Committed to improving cancer outcomes'

    Health Secretary Vaughan Gething says the Welsh Government supports today's motion.

    He says the government is "absolutely committed to improving cancer outcomes, as evidenced in the updated Cancer Delivery Plan".

    Vaughan Gething
  11. Patients 'not tested' for bowel cancer gene

    UKIP AM Mandy Jones pays an emotional tribute to Sam Gould, who's family is in the public gallery in the Siambr today.

    She refers to criticism from a charity that bowel cancer patients in Wales are not being tested for a genetic condition at diagnosis contrary to official guidelines.

    Sufferers of Lynch syndrome have an up to 80% risk of developing bowel cancer as well as other types of cancer.

    It can alter treatment options for those affected if they know and alert close family members who may also be affected, Bowel Cancer UK has said.

    Mandy Jones
  12. 900 die from the disease every year in Wales

    Dr Dai Lloyd - a Plaid Cymru AM and GP - lists some of the symptoms include rectal bleeding, extreme tiredness, unexplained weight loss and abdominal pain or discomfort.

    Every year in Wales 2,200 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer and 900 die from the disease.

    More than 4,000 patients in Wales are on the waiting list for colonoscopies each month
    Image caption: More than 4,000 patients in Wales are on the waiting list for colonoscopies each month
  13. Importance of getting an early diagnosis

    Hefin David highlights the case of Sam Gould, a UKIP activist who died last summer at the age of 33 but had made a video about the importance of getting an early diagnosis.

    Sam Gould said at the time: "We're all embarrassed to talk about poo and going to the toilet but your GP isn't embarrassed about it and deals with it every day."

    Hefin David also pays tribute to Plaid Cymru AM Steffan Lewis who is currently being treated for cancer, and his own grandfather, who died when he was 10.

    Sam Gould
    Image caption: Sam Gould
  14. Ambition to improve survival rates for people affected by bowel cancer

    The topic of the Member Debate under Standing Order 11.21(iv) is bowel cancer.

    Hefin David (Caerphilly)Angela Burns (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)Mark Isherwood (North Wales)Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)Dawn Bowden (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)Mandy Jones (North Wales)

    propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

    1. Welcomes Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s recent report highlighting early diagnosis and its ambition to improve survival rates for people affected by bowel cancer.

    2. Recognises the brave contribution of bowel cancer patients in Wales to raising awareness of the disease and of the healthcare professionals to improving outcomes in the face of increasing demand for diagnosis, within the constraints of the existing service.

    3. Recognises bowel cancer as the second biggest cancer killer in Wales, the effect early diagnosis has on survival rates and the importance of encouraging the public to take up their bowel screening opportunities as uptake rates have fallen by 1 per cent in the last 12 months.

    4. Welcomes the introduction of the simpler and more accurate faecal immunochemical test (FIT) in the bowel screening programme and its potential to improve bowel cancer survival rates.

    5. Calls on the Welsh Government to deliver a bowel screening programme that can reach its full potential and to address issues around the:

    a) proposed threshold of FIT to be introduced in 2019;

    b) challenges that exist within endoscopy and pathology services to ensure FIT can be introduced optimally;

    c) need to reduce the eligible screening age from 60 to 50.

    Bowel cancer
  15. 'Not convinced the legislation is the most appropriate way forward'

    Energy Secretary Lesley Griffiths says she's "not convinced" the Member's Legislative Proposal is "the most appropriate way forward".

    She says decarbonisation is "already embedded in the economic action plan".

    She outlines ways in which she believes the Welsh Government is ensuring the planning system is an "enabler rather than an obstacle in the take-up of electric vehicles".

    Lesley Griffiths
  16. 'Wales lagging far behind the rest of the UK'

    Rhun ap Iorwerth says this Bill would give Wales an opportunity to "get in the game" with regards to electric vehicle infrastructure.

    He says Wales is lagging far behind the rest of the UK because of the Welsh Government's "lack of commitment".

    Rhun ap Iorwerth
  17. Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal

    The next item is a Debate on a Member's Legislative Proposal.

    Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn) proposes that the assembly notes the proposal for an electric vehicle charging planning Bill.

    The purpose of this Bill would be to introduce planning guidelines for new developments, whether they are public buildings or housing; ensure that new buildings must include charging points for electric vehicles; and make it easier for people to use electric vehicles in order to reduce carbon emissions.

    Electric vehicle