In the Senedd, April 2024

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NewsMay 1st, 2024

Find out how the Bevan Foundation informed Senedd debate in April 2024 

The Bevan Foundation’s insights and ideas on No Recourse to Public Funds and Poverty continue to inform debate throughout April. 

No Recourse to Public Funds  

In a Plenary session on April 16th, Jane Dodds MS referenced the Bevan Foundation’s report on No Recourse to Public Funds to raise concerns for children and families from low-income households who are being excluded from the school essentials grant because of immigration status.  


In the same Plenary session, Sian Gwenllian MS highlighted the lack of public transport in rural areas and post-industrial areas as a contributing factor to poverty. Sian referred to our Poverty in Arfon report to support her statement.  

In a discussion on child poverty in Plenary on April 24th, Jane Dodds MS drew on the Foundation’s State of Wales briefing to highlight that children remain the demographic at the highest risk of poverty. In response, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice and Culture, Lesley Griffiths MS, confirmed that she had met with the Bevan Foundation to “make sure the schemes and the funding that we have and that we use specifically to tackle poverty is absolutely going to the correct places”.  

Jenny Rathbone MS mentioned the Bevan Foundation in the Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister on April 26th in calling for clear child poverty reduction targets.  


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