State of Wales briefing: How Covid changed Wales

BriefingsResourcesMarch 21st, 2022

As the last of the Covid-19 restrictions are set to be lifted, there are lasting impacts on many aspects of life in Wales. This briefing considers some of the main legacies. 

Covid-19 has had a dramatic effect on health, the labour market, education and housing. In almost every area, inequalities between different groups have widened.

  • Covid-19 has had a huge impact on the nation’s health. Not only have there been more than 9,000 deaths and more than 800,000 infections, one in five people is now waiting for hospital treatment.
  • The economy has partly but not fully recovered. Fewer people are in work, and unemployment is high amongst young people. It remains to be seen if working from home will persist.
  • Children’s education has been disrupted with high absence rates and skewed attainment. Attendance continues to be well below pre-pandemic levels, and the attainment gap between different groups of learners has widened.
  • House prices have soared, and rents have also increased. While the threat of homelessness has decreased, the number of households becoming homeless has increased.


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