Poverty has a deep and long-lasting effect on people’s lives, affecting everything from how long people live, their risks of domestic violence or their attainment at school.
Wales cannot afford poverty. It wastes people’s potential, hampers economic growth and costs around £5 billion a year. If we don’t act poverty is likely to increase further.
We are working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to find new solutions to poverty in Wales and the UK. Our work to date includes:
We have highlighted the potentially damaging impact of changes to social security benefits on people in Wales overall, and the specific impacts on disabled people, visually impaired people and women.
We are seeking funding to explore which if any elements of the social security system could be devolved to get a ‘better fit’ between people’s needs and benefits.
We have explored the experiences of poverty and social exclusion in several small communities in Wales, highlighting the interaction of place and poverty in Winchestown, Blaenau Gwent, Upper Afan Valley, Neath Port Talbot and Ystradgynlais, Powys.
Our new magazine for members puts all those working for social justice in Wales in touch with each other. With a fresh new look, new features and columnists and a focus on ideas and best practice, Exchange offers: opportunities to Read more »
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is working with the Bevan Foundation and others on a major programme to identify ‘what works’ to reduce poverty and to develop an anti-poverty strategy for Wales and other UK nations based on that evidence. This Read more »
What does the summer 2015 budget mean for Wales? This briefing provides a sound evidence base to inform debate. It also aims to stimulate discussion about how public policy should respond to the challenges and opportunities raised by the tax and benefit changes Read more »
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