Plaid Cymru will establish a Smart Card system in order to give people who live in Wales access to their universal entitlements. Through the smart card, people will be able people to access entitlements including free prescriptions, free bus travel for the over 60s, and free access to museums. The Party of Wales will seek to expand this list of entitlements when Wales has the power to do so, including offering citizens zero toll charges on the Severn Bridge, and unlimited rail and bus travel, for an annual fee.
Launching the policy, Simon Thomas said that the cards would symbolise a new relationship between Welsh Government and the citizens it serves.
Plaid Cymru Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire candidate Simon Thomas said:
“Plaid Cymru will establish a new way of working across government, and between government and citizen, delivering effectively for the people of Wales.
“If elected in May, Plaid Cymru will create a Smart Card for everyone who lives in Wales, which will become the main system of delivering universal entitlements.
“Plaid Cymru’s Smart Card will entitle users to free prescriptions, free bus travel for the over 60s, free access to museums and many other entitlements.
“And as the Assembly gains powers over other aspects such as the Severn Bridge tolls, we will scrap charges for card carriers.
“Plaid Cymru will establish a new relationship between Welsh Government and the people of Wales, and our Smart Card is a symbol of that.”
Plaid Cymru Aberafan candidate Bethan Jenkins said:
“Plaid Cymru’s Smart Card will deliver free universal entitlements for the people of Wales. Under a Plaid Cymru government your Smart Card will give you access to free bus travel and free entry to museums and a series of other entitlements, and we look forward to extending this of entitlements list in future.
“It’s time for a government with a focus on what it can deliver for the people of Wales and Plaid Cymru is the change Wales needs.”