Plaid Cymru unveiled his manifesto for Senedd’s election and pledged to implement the most radical program since the Labor government in 1945.
Party leader Adam Price promises to create 60,000 green jobs, extend free school meals to all primary school students, cut local taxes and build 50,000 houses.
On the NHS, Plaid plans to recruit 1,000 more doctors and 5,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals – and guarantee a minimum wage of £ 10 an hour for healthcare workers.
Mr Price said the party is also renewing its commitment to hold an independence referendum by the end of a Plaid Cymru government’s first term.
“In this manifesto, we pledge to build a nation that offers the possibility of a decent life and a better future for all,” said Mr. Price before the launch.
“For the first time in an election in Senedd, the Welsh will be able to vote to take their own future into their own hands.
“We believe that independence is the only secure and sustainable way to achieve social and economic progress.
“So a Plaid Cymru government will allow the people of Wales to decide the future of our nation in an independence referendum.
“We are not the country we should be. We are not the country we can be. And we are not the country we want to be.
Other policies in the manifesto include guaranteed jobs for young people aged 16 to 24, zero-interest loans to help small businesses recover from the pandemic, and the hiring of 4,500 additional teachers and support staff.
The party said the manifesto had been fully costed and independently verified by two economists.
Mr Price said “Westminster will never work for Wales” and said it would be better for Wales to be independent from the UK.
“Wales has incredible potential as a nation. The problems that we have had for generations are not inevitable, ”he said.
“We can solve these problems, together. But the first step is to elect a new government that has the ambition to build a new Wales better than the old one.
“Westminster will never work for Wales. We live in different universes. At home, we want to reward our healthcare workers.