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Navigating the storm: Charting a course to solve rising poverty in Wales

October 21st 2020

What has been the impact of Covid 19 on poverty in Wales? Join the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to learn more

Before the pandemic and the economic storm it has unleashed, people in poverty were already struggling to keep afloat. This month’s withdrawal of lifelines like job protection support is likely to pull more people further into poverty.

Welsh support schemes play a vital role in supporting low-income families across Wales so it is imperative that the Welsh Government steps in to provide the support people need to prevent them being cut adrift.

Join the Joseph Rowntree Foundation for their webinar as they analyse the findings of JRF’s Poverty in Wales report and discuss how interventions in work, housing and social security could provide the stability low-income families in Wales need.

Date: 2 November 2020

Time: 2 p.m.

Carole Green, ITV Wales, Chair

Carole is Work and Economy Correspondent at ITV Wales.



Julie James MS, Minster for Housing and Local Government

Julie James is Member of the Senedd for Swansea West and was appointed as Minister for Housing and Local Government in 2018. Her ministerial portfolio is vast and amongst her responsibilities beyond housing and local government are regeneration, fair work and welfare reform. Her responsibilities also include the coordination of measures to mitigate child poverty.


Peter Matejic, Deputy Director of Evidence and Impact, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Peter Matejic joined JRF as Head of Evidence in July 2019. He was promoted to Deputy Director of Evidence and Impact in September 2020. His team are the guardians of JRF evidence on poverty. Peter’s team provide the knowledge-base to underpin and assess JRF’s outcome plans and real-world impact. Before joining JRF, Peter worked for almost 20 years in the Civil Service where he led on a number of issues involving the Government’s annual poverty statistics. He also led on poverty analysis at the Department of Work and Pensions, where he developed measures for persistent poverty and child poverty, in addition to working on fuel poverty and energy price analysis.


Victoria Winckler, Director, Bevan Foundation

Victoria Winckler

Dr Victoria Winckler has been the Director of the Bevan Foundation since 2002, establishing it as Wales’ most exciting and innovative think-tank. Victoria is also currently Wales adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Victoria is a leading contributor to public policy in Wales. In the 1990s she developed the proposals that secured EU Objective 1 status for West Wales and the Valleys, in the early 2000s she galvanised the Welsh Government’s actions to tackle poverty and most recently generated robust proposals for new Welsh taxes which are now being taken forward by the Welsh Government. Victoria frequently gives expert evidence to Assembly Committees, comments in online articles and speaks at a wide range of events. She is currently a member of the Ministerial Tax Advisory Group, and a board member of Traveline Cymru. Victoria previously held roles at the Welsh Local Government Association, Mid Glamorgan County Council and Cardiff University.

Also joining us to share their experience will be two organisations which have been working with communities throughout the pandemic, Together Creating Communities and TPAS Cymru to share their experiences.

How to get involved?

Attendance is free but you must register in advance by clicking the button below.


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