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Summary

  1. Carwyn Jones misses what would have been his antepenultimate FMQs, so Leader of the House Julie James stands in.
  2. Plenary begins at 1.30pm with Questions to the First Minister
  3. Statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services: Update on the Our Valleys, Our Future Delivery Plan
  4. Statement by the Leader of the House and Chief Whip: Update on Implementation of the Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act
  5. Debate: "A National Contemporary Art Gallery Wales Feasibility Study" and "A Sport Museum for Wales Feasibility Study"
  6. Welsh Conservatives debate - Local Authorities
  7. Plaid Cymru debate - Poverty

Live Reporting

By Alun Jones and Nia Harri

All times stated are UK

  1. Hwyl fawr

    That brings today's proceedings in the Siambr to a close.

    Senedd Live returns tomorrow for the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee.

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  2. 'Welsh Government’s focus on tackling poverty'

    "You'd think listening to this debate that welfare reform has been a roaring success", says Minister for Housing and Regeneration Rebecca Evans.

    The Welsh Government's amendment is to delete all after point 1 and replace with:

    "Accepts the report’s findings that:

    a) the costs of austerity have fallen disproportionally on the poor, women, racial and ethnic minorities, children, single parents and disabled people;

    b) Wales has the highest relative poverty rate in the United Kingdom;

    c) devolved administrations have tried to mitigate the worst impacts of austerity despite experiencing significant reductions in block grant funding; and

    d) it is "outrageous" that devolved nations have to spend money to shield people from UK Government policies.

    "Welcomes the Welsh Government’s focus on tackling poverty, and its repeated calls to the UK Government to urgently address the many flaws related to Universal Credit."

    Rebecca Evans
  3. 'Indictment of 20 years of Labour government in Wales'

    UKIP's Neil Hamilton says the fact that Wales has the highest relative poverty rate in the United Kingdom is "an indictment of 20 years of Labour government in Wales".

    Neil Hamilton
  4. 'Publish a robust and meaningful plan'

    Conservative Mark Isherwood notes "actions taken by the UK Government to address concerns over implementation of universal credit".

    He says that, according to findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission report 'Is Wales Fairer?', "poverty and deprivation are higher in Wales than in other nations in Britain, Wales is the least productive nation in the UK, and median hourly earnings in Wales are lower than in England and Scotland."

    He calls on the Welsh Government to "publish a robust and meaningful plan to tackle poverty that contains clear performance targets and indicators to measure progress and impact".

  5. 'Poverty is a political choice'

    The topic chosen for the Plaid Cymru debate is poverty.

    Plaid Cymru propose that the Senedd:

    1. Notes the statement by the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to the United Kingdom.

    2. Regrets the report’s findings that:

    a) changes to social security have disproportionately hit women, children, and disabled people;

    b) Wales has the highest relative poverty rate in the United Kingdom;

    c) the Welsh Government lacks a strategic focus on tackling poverty, without clear performance targets and indicators to measure progress and impact;

    d)the Welsh Government’s inability to introduce flexibilities in the administration of universal credit, unlike its Scottish counterpart, will exacerbate the structural causes behind the increase in poverty, rough sleeping, and homelessness; and

    e) that poverty is a political choice

    3.Calls on the Welsh Government to:

    a) seek the powers to introduce such flexibilities in the administration of universal credit; and

    b) publish a robust and meaningful plan to tackle poverty that contains clear performance targets and indicators to measure progress and impact.

  6. 'Package of additional funding proposals for local government'

    The Welsh Government amendment is to "delete all after 2 and replace with:

    • Welcomes the package of additional funding proposals for local government to improve the revenue support grant in 2019-20, to address pressures, as we enter the ninth year of UK Government austerity.
    • Notes that the announcement is supported by the WLGA as significant progress that demonstrates a concerted effort to offset the impact of austerity in Wales
    • Notes the local government settlement is distributed on a formula using nearly 70 distinct indicators, agreed with local government, overseen by independent experts, and based on the principles of relative need to spend and relative ability to raise income locally."
  7. 'Seek ways to provide further funding for local government'

    On behalf of Plaid Cymru, Dai Lloyd says that "recently announced additional funding from the Welsh Government to local government in Wales was only forthcoming as a result of consequential funding from the UK Government’s autumn statement", and he calls on the Welsh Government to "continue to seek ways to provide further funding for local government in Wales for 2019/20".

    Dai Lloyd
  8. Minister complaining about her own government

    Darren Millar reminds AMs that Hannah Blythyn, the environment minister, co-signed a letter complaining about the way her own government had cut funding to her local council, Flintshire.

    She later apologised to Carwyn Jones.

    He says there is a "postcode lottery" in school funding and other funding.

  9. 'Commission an independent review of the Welsh local government funding formula'

    The topic chosen by the Welsh Conservatives for their debate is local authorities.

    Darren Millar propose that the Senedd:

    1. Recognises the important role played by local authorities in delivering public services across Wales.

    2. Acknowledges the funding challenges currently faced by Welsh local authorities.

    3. Calls on the Welsh Government to:

    a) review and increase the 2019-20 local government settlement; and

    b) commission an independent review of the Welsh local government funding formula.

    Darren Millar
  10. 'Not a fan of Guggenheim museums'

    In responding, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas says he's not a fan of Guggenheim museums because the architecture distracts too much from the art.

    The minister says he will continue to consult with the sport and galleries sectors on both ideas, but he won't make a final decision until he has had a long discussion with the other parties.

  11. 'At what cost?'

    Indepenedent AM Caroline Jones says she cannot back ideas about a "Welsh Guggenheim" when funds can't be found to sustain essential public services.

    Caroline Jones
  12. 'Report calls for bravery'

    Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price says the feasibility study into a contemporary art gallery is the best examination of the issue in decades. He says the report calls for bravery, and that the visual arts has been a "poor relation" in Welsh culture.

    "Spokes need their hub as well" - Mr Price calls for a central national gallery to be built, as well as creating a contemporary art network among existing smaller-scale galleries. "Port Talbot would be a fascinating place" for the national gallery, he says.

    "The report identifies the biggest risk of all: that's us - the politicians" - Adam Price says the feasibility study is littered with reports into a national art gallery that never got off the shelf.

  13. 'Disused industrial buildings could house a new contemporary art gallery'

    Labour AM for Pontypridd Mick Antoniw says disused industrial buildings across south Wales could house a new contemporary art gallery.

    Mick Antoniw
  14. Yes to Wrexham... despite being a Cardiff City fan

    UKIP group leader Gareth Bennett says he agrees that Wrexham should house a national football museum.

    He says it would be "a good move" to re-emphasise the importance of north Wales as the home of football, despite being a Cardiff City fan.

    He says "a cultural life is beginning to flourish" in Port Talbot (there are groans from somewhere in the Siambr) and placing a national gallery there would help the town.

  15. Condition of Plaid Cymru's support for Welsh government's budget

    The feasibility studies were commissioned last year as a condition of Plaid Cymru's support for the government's budget.

    Llyr Gruffydd focuses on the football museum idea. He says he welcomes the ideas put forward to create the national football museum in Wrexham, and reminds AMs that it was a Plaid Cymru campaign three years ago which argued for this outcome.

    Mr Gruffydd says he still wants the football museum to be part of a wider redevelopment of the Racecourse ground in Wrexham. [This option was rejected by the feasibility, which suggested redeveloping Wrexham Museum].

    Llyr Gruffydd
  16. 'Ambition to create something fresh and world leading'

    Conservative David Melding says he thinks a central and high profile new building is required for any national contemporary art gallery.

    He calls it a challenging area - "we don't have a very happy recent record in terms of contemporary art facilities" - but says the new gallery should be "a high priority."

    On the proposal to create a national football museum, he says "sport in general" would be a better focus and can't think of a better place than Wrexham for a national museum in north Wales.

    He welcomes "the recommendations for expert panels to improve the recognition and protection of Wales's sporting and artistic heritage" and says "that decisions on future action must reflect the ambition to create something fresh and world leading".

    David Melding
  17. 'Further work required before decisions'

    Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas welcomes the analysis and recommendations in both reports, together with the "opportunities and challenges they present".

    He says “we must ensure everyone can access, enjoy and participate in our rich and vibrant arts and culture".

    He adds that "these actions are not for the Welsh Government alone and further conversations will need to take place. This report is the start of those conversations and following feedback on the recommendations, a decision on the way forward will be made in early 2019."

    He says the government is "not looking for easy or quick answers, but to provide an opportunity for people to contribute to the discussion."

    Lord Elis-Thomas
  18. 'Gallery' would use existing galleries for exhibitions

    A separate study into a new national gallery of contemporary art recommended a gallery without any buildings is first formed, with 50 newly commissioned works installed at sites across Wales.

    In its second phase, the 'gallery' would use existing galleries for exhibitions, with report authors Event Communications saying it would be "defined by a distributed set of six to eight galleries across the nation" to create "a national, decentralised, greater whole".

    It said a brand, the National Contemporary Art Gallery Wales, would be applied to organisations that take part.

    It said, in time, a headquarters for the decentralised gallery should also be built "serving as a porous and vibrant platform for contemporary art".

    It estimates the cost for the three phases of the gallery to be between £50-180m.

    Elfyn Lewis is one of the artists who may see their work in the new National Contemporary Art Gallery Wales
    Image caption: Elfyn Lewis is one of the artists who may see their work in the new National Contemporary Art Gallery Wales
  19. Feasibility study recommendations

    The first debate of the day is on "A National Contemporary Art Gallery Wales Feasibility Study" and "A Sport Museum for Wales Feasibility Study".

    A new national football museum for Wales should be created in Wrexham, a feasibility study has recommended.

    But a new national gallery of contemporary art should be shared between existing galleries around Wales, a separate report has concluded.

    The Welsh Government has published two major pieces of research which examined the case for both a sport museum and a new gallery.

    The estimated cost of creating the football museum in Wrexham would be £4.4m and would involve redeveloping Wrexham Museum, requiring about £144,500 from the Welsh Government each year towards its running costs.

    The report also recommended creating an expert panel to improve the recognition and protection of Wales' sporting heritage.

    Wrexham is Wales' oldest professional club
    Image caption: Wrexham is Wales' oldest professional club
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  20. 'Not a priority'

    Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood says the fact that the teaching of Relationships and Sexuality Education - in a different way to traditional sex education - "won't be introduced until 2022, tells me this matter is not a priority".