NDM6692 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)
To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:
1. Notes that many communities across Wales experience significant outward migration of young people to other parts of Wales, the UK and beyond.
2. Recognises the contribution of young people to the resilience and sustainability of Welsh communities.
3. Welcomes Plaid Cymru’s success in securing funding for a young farmers grant scheme to help retain and attract young people in rural areas.
4. Regrets the current Welsh Government’s failure to create opportunities for young people to choose to live and work in their communities.
5. Calls on the Welsh Government to:
a) improve the economic opportunities afforded to young people in communities in all parts of Wales;
b) provide better support for business start-ups in Wales and enhance the digital and transport infrastructure which they rely upon;
c) support a new regional approach to retain young people in areas under particular pressure as a result of outward migration e.g. the Arfor region and the valleys;
d) examine whether existing or new national institutions can be located in areas in Wales which require greater job opportunities;
e) provide affordable housing and reform the planning system to enable young people to stay and/or return to live in their communities; and
f) respond positively to the Diamond Review’s recommendation to incentivise students who study away to return to Wales after graduation.
Diamond Review - The Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales - Final Report
Business type: Debate
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 11/04/2018
Decision due: 14 Mar 2018 by Plenary
Lead member: Rhun ap Iorwerth MS