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Protest hawlio Cymdeithas gweithio

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protest123MAE’R BROTEST Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg o blaid newidiadau polisi sy’n deillio o ganlyniadau Cyfrifiad 2011 yn werth chweil. Dyna oedd y neges gan y Cadeirydd y sefydliad, gan ei fod yn ac ymgyrchydd arall a dderbyniwyd dirwyon yn Llys Ynadon Aberystwyth ddydd Gwener diwethaf. Ym mis Mai eleni, paentiodd Robin Farrar a Bethan Williams, cadeirydd a chyn-gadeirydd y mudiad iaith, sloganau megis “Addysg Gymraeg i Bawb” ar wal adeilad Llywodraeth Cymru yn Aberystwyth. Gorchmynnodd yr ynadon i Robin Farrar a Bethan Williams dalu iawndal o £90 yr un, ond ni chodwyd costau arnyn nhw. Dywedodd y ddau na fyddan nhw’n talu. Roedd y brotest yn un o gyfres o brotestiadau yn galw ar y Llywodraeth i ymgorffori 6 phwynt sylfaenol yn ei pholisïau, gan gynnwys addysg Gymraeg i bawb, tegwch ariannol i’r iaith, a threfn gynllunio newydd, er mwyn cryfhau’r Gymraeg. Mewn datganiad polisi ym mis Mehefin eleni, cafwyd newid polisi pan ddywedodd y Prif Weinidog “bod rhaid i’r system gyfredol o addysgu… Cymraeg mewn ysgolion cyfrwng Saesneg newid” gan ddatgan ei bod ‘[yn] bwysig bod holl ddisgyblion Cymru – p’un ai ydynt yn mynd i ysgol cyfrwng Cymraeg neu ysgol cyfrwng Saesneg – yn cael cefnogaeth i siarad y Gymraeg yn hyderus.” . Mae’r Prif Weinidog hefyd wedi dweud ei fod “[yn] archwilio pob cam ymarferol i gryfhau’r Gymraeg yn y system cynllunio.” Ymhellach, cyhoeddodd y Llywodraeth y byddai’r Gymraeg ar wyneb ei Fil yn ymwneud â datblygu cynaliadwy. Wedi’r achos llys, dywedodd Robin Farrar: “Rydyn ni ac ymgyrchwyr eraill wedi llwyddo gosod yr agenda o ran sefyllfa’r iaith, ond rhaid dal ati i weithredu. Mae Llywodraeth Carwyn Jones, hyd yn oed, bellach yn cydnabod bod angen diwygio’r drefn gynllunio er budd y Gymraeg, ac bod angen symud tuag at addysg Gymraeg i bawb – dyna ddau o’r chwe pheth roedden ni’n galw amdanynt wrth weithredu yn Aberystwyth. Ond nid yw geiriau Carwyn Jones yn ddigon – mae angen iddo gymryd cyfrifoldeb a gweithredu. Fel ymgyrchwyr, mae dyletswydd arnon ni i ddangos bod gweithredu’n bosib – dyna pam gyhoeddon ni fil cynllunio amgen ein hunain, dyna pam fod ein cefnogwyr heddiw yn llenwi cerdiau post ynglŷn ag addysg a chynllunio, a dyna pam dorron ni’r gyfraith a chymryd cyfrifoldeb.” Dywedodd Bethan Williams, un o’r gweithredwyr eraill, bod gweithredu uniongyrchol ond yn rhan o ymgyrch ehangach gan Gymdeithas yr Iaith: “Os oes unrhyw amheuaeth pam, mewn gwlad ddemocrataidd, ein bod ni wedi gweithredu – pam bod nifer o bobl wedi gweithredu yn enw ymgyrch y chwe pheth dros y misoedd diwethaf dyma esboniad. Am fod cyfle i ddylanwadu, cyfle i newid, cyfle i fod yn rhan o ddemocratiaeth… Rydyn ni wedi bod ar hyd llwybr dulliau traddodiadol democratiaeth – wedi llythyru, cyfarfod, ymateb i ymgynghoriadau, wedi achub ar bob cyfle, ond eto mae’r Llywodraeth wedi dal i roi’r Gymraeg i’r naill ochr. Mae’r hyn rydyn ni, a’r niferoedd eraill wedi ei wneud er mwyn cyfrannu at ddemocratiaeth, ac annog trafodaeth.”

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Aberystwyth man sent to prison

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A 50-YEAR-OLD man from Ceredigion appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Monday (Sept 16) to face a charge of being intoxicated in a public place, whilst he was prohibited from doing so.

Malcolm Roy Edwards of Queens Road, Aberystwyth, pleaded guilty to being drunk in public in Llanrystud when he was prohibited from doing so after being made subject to a criminal behaviour order by Aberystwyth magistrates on October 12, 2017.

He also admitted breaching that order by committing this offence on September 11 this year.

Magistrates sent Edwards to prison for 18 weeks, as they felt the offence was serious having been aggravated by the offence being committed whilst on a community order.

He must also pay £122 victim surcharge, and the community order was revoked.

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Ceredigion Day Centre meet the Dream Team

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On Monday 9 September, the Dream Team visited staff and service users at, Canolfan Meugan Community Support Base for adults with learning disabilities and older people, to showcase the ‘My charter’. The Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’ West Wales was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.

The Dream Team is made up of the people who wrote the Charter. The Charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.

Organisations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to show their support by signing up to the My Charter.

Go to www.ldcharter.com for more information on ‘My Charter’.

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AM and MP help ease complicated bus pass application process

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Elin Jones AM and Ben Lake MP have offered to help constituents who need to renew their Bus Passes, after raising concerns about the change in the renewal process.

As the current Concessionary Travel Passes run out at the end of the year, Transport For Wales have asked pass holders to reapply online, however Elin Jones and Ben Lake have raised concerns that the process is over complicated and that applying online rather than via a paper form will exclude many.

Initially, if applicants wanted a paper form, TfW said that applicants had to call a helpline and were warned the process would take a long time. So, as thousands went onto the website, it crashed under the weight of demand.

However, with the website expected to be back up and running soon, Elin Jones and Ben Lake have offered to help constituents reapply.

Elin Jones said:

“Bus pass users have been told that their current passes will be accepted for travel until 31 December 2019, however after that they will need to have the new pass.

“The application process has been muddled by urging people to reapply online. We know that many over 60s and disabled people may not have internet access or may be unfamiliar with its use.

“To simplify the process, I am offering the support of my office to try and help constituents with the process of reapplying for their bus pass, and Ben Lake MP is doing the same.

“If constituents would like to collect a paper form, or if they require assistance applying on paper or online, then they are welcome to contact us and we would be glad to assist, either by arranging a visit to either of our offices, or by sending forms to you.”

Ben Lake added:

“We know how vital access to buses are to many older and vulnerable people in Ceredigion, and I hope that we will be able to help as many people as possible to keep this access.”

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