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The Welsh Government’s proposed introduction of a national award scheme has been backed by Wrexham Assembly Member Lesley Griffiths.

The St David’s Awards could launch as early as next year and would recognise ‘ordinary people who do extraordinary things’.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate Welsh cultural identity and reward those who have made a valuable contribution to Welsh life, presenting an opportunity for nominations from a broad range of walks of life to be recognised. 

The Welsh Government believes the awards should include everyday people who accomplish remarkable achievements, a strong business component as well as individuals who contribute to raising Wales’ profile across the world.

Political influence or interference would not impact on the awards although the ceremony would be organised by the Welsh Government.

Work is currently being carried out to identify the appropriate sectors for recognition and on the planning process for making the awards.

Wrexham AM Griffiths said “The St David’s Awards have the potential to make a significant and positive impact in Wales and I am sure people in Wrexham will support the scheme.”

“The proposal is still in the early stages but I trust the Welsh Government to undertake a thorough deliberation process enabling the awards to have the maximum impact and effect on our society.”

There is a video of a related debate on a Welsh honours system, making St Davids Day a national holiday and other ideas here on the BBC’s Democracy Live service.