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Poverty means not having enough resources to meet basic needs, including needs associated with being part of society. One in four people in Wales lives in income poverty.

Why poverty matters

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.

What we are doing

An anti-poverty strategy for Wales

We are working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to find new solutions to poverty in Wales and the UK. Our work to date includes:

  • Proposals to rethink definitions of poverty
  • Evidence to the National Assembly for Wales Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee’s inquiry into poverty
  • Responses to the Welsh Government’s consultation on its child poverty strategy.

Welfare reform

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.

Community solutions

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.

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Exchange – Issue 2

Exchange no. 2 has some of the best summer reading around! The issue kicks off with an inspiring article on the ‘common good’ by Steve Wyler, followed by hard hitting pieces on gambling by Mick Antoniw AM, the need for Read more »


Exchange – Issue 1

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 »

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October 22nd 2015

New Taxes for a Better Wales

The ‘New Taxes for a Better Wales’ seminar forms part of our work on Wales’ tax powers and will aim to identify new devolved taxes that could benefit Wales. The event will be opened by the Minister for Finance & Government, Jane Read more »

November 16th 2015

Can Welfare Work for Wales?

The Bevan Foundation invites you to join them as they launch their project looking at the role of welfare in Wales, identifying what works well and the potential for devolving certain social security benefits. The event is the first in a series of debates Read more »