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A new measure for poverty in Wales and the UK

September 19th 2018

The Bevan Foundation welcomes the launch of a new measure for poverty in the UK

A new measure for poverty has been published by the Social Metrics Commission. The Social Metrics Commission was established in 2016 to develop a more accurate measure of poverty which has a broad consensus across the political spectrum. Their report sets out how this new measure of poverty works and sets out some new findings on who lives in poverty in Wales and the UK.

The Bevan Foundation welcomes the launch of the new measure for poverty in the UK. The new measure provides a much more realistic and nuanced understanding of poverty in Wales, and should be used to inform a comprehensive and practical action by the Welsh Government, local authorities, businesses and other bodies to solve poverty in Wales.

We have prepared a short briefing note setting out what is in the report which can be accessed here.

If you wish to read the report in full, this can be downloaded from the Social Metrics Commission’s website by clicking here.

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