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Joseph Rowntree Foundation launch new Wales Poverty Monitor

November 3rd 2020

New Joseph Rowntree Foundation report draws attention to the rising tide of poverty in Wales.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have launched their 2020 Wales poverty monitor. The monitor outlines that, after a decade of stalling progress, Wales now faces a rising tide of poverty as the Covid recession gathers pace. The monitor was launched at a webinar hosted by the JRF and the Bevan Foundation were pleased to be able to assist the JRF with the webinar and with the process of drafting the monitor.

The monitor attracted considerable media attention with its findings receiving significant coverage on BBC Wales’s website, radio and tv platforms, including Radio Cymru. The report was also covered by S4C among other outlets.

Speaking to the BBC, the Bevan Foundation’s Director, Victoria Winckler stated:

“It’s not right that so many people are trapped in poverty in Wales today. Coronavirus has had a huge impact on all our lives but people on low incomes have been disproportionately affected.”

Speaking on S4C’s Newyddion, Steffan Evans, Policy and Research Officer at the Bevan Foundation added:

“In reality we haven’t taken any significant steps forward in over a decade and this is made clear in the report. It also raises real concerns that the situation could deteriorate significantly in the near future with expectations that many people will be losing their jobs. There are real fears that the tide of poverty is rising and that more and more people will struggle”.  

To read an overview of the report check out our blog post.

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