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Summary

  1. Children, Young People and Education Committee
  2. Plenary begins at 13.30 with Questions to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government
  3. Questions to the Counsel General
  4. 90 Second Statements
  5. Statement: The Big Picture, An Initial Look at Broadcasting in Wales
  6. Debate on the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015
  7. Debate by Individual Members: LGBT rights and acceptance
  8. Plaid Cymru debate on banking services
  9. Short Debate: Tackling loneliness and isolation in Wales

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl

    That's the end of today's proceedings in the Siambr.

    The assembly is in recess next week as it's half term.

    Senedd Live will be back on Tuesday 28 February.  

    Senedd
  2. Short Debate

    And finally in the Siambr today a Short Debate by Caroline Jones.

    The subject: Tackling loneliness and isolation in Wales, a partnership approach. 

  3. 'Significant step forward in securing a sustainable future'

    Thousands of Tata steelworkers have overwhelmingly backed a deal on the future of their pensions.

    They were asked whether they would accept moving from a final salary pension to a less generous scheme.

    Members of three unions at sites in Wales, Scotland, South Yorkshire and Teesside all supported the new proposals.

    Tata's offer included a £1bn investment commitment at Port Talbot and no compulsory job losses.

    Economy Secretary Ken Skates says the announcement is a "significant step forward in securing a sustainable future for the UK businesses".

    It is hoped the vote will now bring an end to almost a year of uncertainty for thousands of workers who faced losing their jobs when Tata's UK business was put up for sale in March 2016.  

    Port Talbot steel works
  4. Urgent Question: Tata workforce ballot

    Now an urgent question to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates.

    David Rees asks: Following today's announcement on the steel ballot by the Tata workforce, will the Cabinet Secretary make a statement on what discussions he has had to ensure the commitment to the investment in steel making at Port Talbot is secured?

    Tata steel works at Port Talbot
  5. Ambitions for a 'well functioning and comprehensive financial system'

    Economy secretary Ken Skates talks about the work of the Welsh Government in promoting financial inclusion, including "support for advice services and credit unions, and the ambitions set out in the 2016 Financial Inclusion Strategy for a well functioning and comprehensive financial system in Wales."

    He says the Welsh Government recognises the need to improve financial capability in Wales and notes "the work being undertaken to establish the Development Bank of Wales and its intelligence unit which will better target financial services and advice for micro, small and medium sized businesses in Wales."

    With regard to the suggestion by Plaid Cymru about a people's bank, Mr Skates says "discussions have already taken place with the Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) to assess such a concept, but such work should be undertaken with due regard to the creation of the development bank for Wales."

    Ken Skates
  6. 'Sounds far too much like an institution from north Korea'

    David Rowlands says UKIP is "not too sure about the aspiration to a Welsh people's bank which sounds far too much like an institution from north Korea".

    David Rowlands
  7. Community banking model developed in Wales

    Conservative Mark Isherwood commends the community banking model developed in Wales by Responsible Finance.

    He says AMs should welcome the independent "Access to Banking Protocol One Year on Review" by Professor Russel Griggs, and the new Post Office Partnership agreement with UK Banks.

  8. A 'network of locally owned' banks

    Adam Price, Plaid Cymru's economy spokesman, said a people's bank would be a "network of locally owned" banks similar to that seen in other European countries.

    Mr Price says there would be a role for the Welsh Government potentially through the planned Development Bank for Wales, "to act as a hub".

    Plaid Cymru call on Welsh ministers to examine the steps needed in regulations and new laws to set up alternative models of banking.  

  9. Plaid Cymru debate

    We move on to the Plaid Cymru debate, in which they call for a people's bank after a series of branch closure announcements across Wales.

    Plaid Cymru says it wants an "alternative vision" of banking that "does not abandon its customers".

    The party says a further 36 branches were expected to close in 2017.

    The Ruthin branch of NatWest is among those earmarked to close during 2017
    Image caption: The Ruthin branch of NatWest is among those earmarked to close during 2017
  10. Motion passed without objection

    The proposal on LGBT rights and acceptance is passed without objection by AMs. 

  11. 'People of courage have fought'

    "My fight for equality is your fight for equality", says Neath AM Jeremy Miles.   

    He adds that "progress is achieved because people of courage have fought: they refused to sit at the back of the bus". 

    He concludes, "people watching this debate today are still waiting for equality, our job is to give them hope".  

    Jeremy Miles
  12. 'Educated without being told it was OK to be themselves'

    Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant says "a whole generation were educated without being told it was OK to be themselves". 

  13. Clause 28 a defining moment

    UKIP's Mark Reckless says the issue that first made him campaign in favour of LGBT rights was when the Westminster parliament passed Clause 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act, that barred schools from promoting homosexuality. 

    Mark Reckless
  14. First three openly gay and lesbian AMs 'a milestone'

    The election of the first three openly gay or lesbian AMs last May was described as a "milestone in democracy" by a charity.

    Stonewall Cymru said it had "taken longer" for the Welsh Assembly to represent the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community than Westminster.

    The three are Labour's Hannah Blythyn of Delyn and Jeremy Miles of Neath plus Plaid Cymru's Adam Price.

  15. 'We're invisible in large tracts of time'

    Adam Price says "as Welsh gay and lesbian people we have been written out of our own history, the Welsh history.

    "We're invisible in large tracts of time."

    But he concludes, "we have always been here, we are part of this nation, part of its history, and we're part of its future too". 

    Adam Price
  16. AM had had few people she could identify with

    Hannah Blythyn, the Labour AM for Delyn, one of three gay politicians elected to the assembly last year, refers to the Icons and Allies exhibition celebrating historical LGBT figures which opened at the Senedd today.

    She said while growing up in north Wales 20 years ago, she had had few people she could identify with. 

    She describes her feelings at being called a role model for young people herself at an event shortly after she had been elected.

    Somebody said to her: "'There's two teenagers who are gay and they saw what you were on social media and it's made a massive difference to them.'

    Some of the 20 figures selected in the exhibition include politician Leo Abse and former miner and union activist Dai Donovan, who liaised with the gay rights' group who supported miners during the 1984-5 strike and whose story was included in the 2014 film Pride.    

    Hannah Blythyn
  17. Debate by Individual Members

    Now a debate by Individual Members on LGBT rights and acceptance. 

    Hannah Blythyn, Jeremy Miles, Suzy Davies and Adam Price propose that the assembly:

    1. Notes that February is LGBT History Month, an annual opportunity to promote diversity and equality across Wales. 

    2. Further notes the contribution that LGBT plus people have made to our communities and country. 

    3. Recognises the role played by Welsh LGBT icons and allies in Wales as illustrated in this month's LGBT icons and allies exhibition in the Senedd. 

    4. Welcomes the progress made in the past few decades on LGBT rights and acceptance. 

    5. Believes that vigilance is needed to ensure that LGBT plus rights are protected. 

    6. Takes the lead in continuing to progress equality and challenging discrimination and division, ensuring Wales is a welcoming nation for LGBT plus people. 

  18. Recommendations for Welsh Government and responses

    Carl Sargeant, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, says the government accepts or partially accepts all 16 recommendations.

    Carl Sargeant