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Transforming Wales: how Welsh public services and benefits can reduce poverty and inequality

October 13th 2020

Poverty and inequality are longstanding challenges. This paper explains how Welsh public services and benefits could transform the lives of thousands of people trapped by low incomes and discrimination.

This paper brings together the findings from the Bevan Foundation’s work over the last five years, and sets out a comprehensive agenda to reduce social inequalities in Wales. It focuses on practical and deliverable changes in key public services, including reforms in health care, social care, education, housing and transport.

Key recommendations are:

  • construction of 20,000 affordable homes in 5 years
  • a cap on increases in social rents
  • reform of help with Council Tax
  • free universal child care
  • introduction of a new ‘School Start’ scheme
  • action to close the attainment gap
  • investment in further education
  • a new Learning Allowance for low income learners
  • creation of a Welsh Emergency Fund
  • more public and community wifi.

Pages: 25pp
Format: PDF
Language: English



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