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Dafydd Elis-Thomas has told BBC Wales he hopes Plaid Cymru


will consider its future as a political party,


after he decided to sit as an independent AM.


Lord Elis-Thomas accused the party of not reacting


well enough to changes in Wales since devolution.


It comes as former First Minister Rhodri Morgan says the party's power


will be much weaker now in the Assembly.


Here's our political correspondent, Arwyn Jones.


For over 40 years, he's represented Plaid Cymru


But he now finds himself as an independent AM.


And he has insisted he will not serve in Carwyn Jones' cabinet.


And won't be triggering a by-election.


I am stating, quite clearly, that I want to be able to serve


my constituency and serve the interests of Wales.


Do you carry out that role best then as an independent AM?


I carry out the role of representing my constituents


The question of membership of the Welsh government does not arise.


Lord Elis-Thomas had a few parting shots at his old party.


He said Plaid hadn't responded to the challenges of devolution


And it needed to think again about its future.


The party chose not to comment.


But his departure will also cause a headache


for Plaid in the Assembly. Why?


Well, with only 29 AMs, Labour depends on Kirsty Williams


It also needed help from Plaid to pass next week's Budget.


The two parties have been in talks for months over the content.


But today, a former First Minister told BBC Wales'


Sunday Politics Wales programme that Labour is


because Plaid have lost their leverage.


It is amazing how - in a small body like the Assembly,


with just 60 seats, and Labour having 30 of them -


just how much difference that one person can make.


Because Labour are one vote short of being to get a budget through.


Because, if the other 30... You know, they can block things.


Because level pegging, 30/30, is not enough.


Over the next two days, it'll become clear whether or not


Lord Elis-Thomas will lend his support to the government.


But, after such a long and high-profile career


in the party, Lord Elis-Thomas' departure was always


The author of a report for the Welsh Government


on free childcare says the policy could cost


considerably more than Labour has estimated.


During the election campaign, the party said 30 hours of


free childcare for working parents - for 48 weeks of the year -


would cost an extra ?84 million a year.


Gillian Paull told Sunday Politics Wales


it could actually cost as much as ?200 million.


And there are broader concerns about the viability of the plan.


There are several parameters that feed into that estimate.


All of which have large degrees of uncertainty around them.


First of all, we do need to know the hourly cost of delivery,


which can vary enormously across regions


We also need to know, most importantly, how parents


In particular, whether they will change their work behaviour


in response to the policy, which is hard to estimate.


We are starting from a very low base of childcare provision.


So, one of the big problems we have, in delivering this extra childcare,


is that there isn't much childcare to offer in the first place.


Well, the Welsh government acknowledges there are


And they say it's working with the sector.


It's also undertaking "complex modelling" of costs.


The oil company responsible for a pipeline which ruptured,


leaking 140,000 litres of Kerosene near Carmarthen,


has completed the work ahead of time.


Over the weekend, traffic along the A48 has been


Valero had expected the work to be completed tomorrow morning.


But police were able to reopen the route


Welsh councils who invested money in Icelandic banks before


they collapsed eight years ago, have now recovered


Powys Council says it's recouped all of the ?4 million it deposited.


It's one of eight councils, three universities,


and three former police authorities that had


It'll be windy tonight, with more showers.


And some heavy downpours in the north and west.


Tomorrow will be breezy, with plenty of sunshine.


There will be one or two heavy showers.


Even feeling quite warm in sheltered spots.


A reminder that, all week on Wales Today,


we'll be marking events, as Wales remembers Aberfan.


It's 50 years since a coal tip collapsed, submerging a school,


We'll have a number of special reports.


From all of us on the weekend team, goodnight.


Hello, I hope you have had a nice weekend, you probably saw some


sunshine and rain. This evening you probably saw a


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