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Poverty

Poverty means not having enough resources to meet basic needs, including needs associated with being part of society. One in four people in Wales lives in income poverty.


Why poverty matters

Poverty has a deep and long-lasting effect on people’s lives, affecting everything from how long people live, their risks of domestic violence or their attainment at school.

Wales cannot afford poverty. It wastes people’s potential, hampers economic growth and costs around £3.5 billion a year. If we don’t act poverty is likely to increase further.

What we are doing

We’re finding ways to reduce poverty through a range of projects summarised below – check out the project pages for more information.

An anti-poverty strategy for Wales

We are working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to find new solutions to poverty in Wales and the UK. Our work to date includes:

  • A briefing on the latest poverty statistics in Wales (summary available here)
  • Proposals to rethink definitions of poverty (available here)
  • Evidence to the National Assembly for Wales Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee’s inquiry into poverty (available here).

We’ve also looked at the benefits of increasing the number of people paid the Living Wage and how to achieve it.

Find out more on our project pages on poverty and the Living Wage.

Welfare reform

We have highlighted the impact of changes to social security benefits on people in Wales overall, and the specific impacts on disabled people, visually impaired people and women.  Our briefings on benefits and on tax credits have been especially popular.

Out latest project, Making Welfare Work for Wales, explored parts of the social security system could be devolved to get a ‘better fit’ between people’s needs and benefits as well as inviting leading contributors to speak at three keynote events – find out more on the project page.

Community solutions

We have explored the experiences of poverty and social exclusion in several small communities in Wales, highlighting the interaction of place and poverty.  For more information check out our reports on:

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In Print

Supporter Magazine

Exchange Issue 12, Winter 2018

Wales’ best policy and politics magazine! The latest edition of Exchange, Wales’ best policy and politics magazine that is exclusively for supporters of the Bevan Foundation brings together a fantastic range of contributors that delve into some of the most Read more »

Exchange Issue 11, Summer 2018

The magazine with its finger on the pulse! The latest edition of our exclusive supporters’ magazine brings together a range of contributors to explore some of the most current and important issues in Welsh public life. New free extract for Read more »

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2019 Outlook for Wales

Our latest look at the year ahead draws on a wide range of expert analyses as well as some speculation of our own. It makes for uncomfortable reading, with the prospects looking tough indeed for the least well-off in particular. Read more »

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Events

February 7th 2019

Seminar: Solutions to Holiday Hunger

Thousands of children in Wales are at risk of holiday hunger. This seminar, one of our knowledge exchange events, will look at what is being done in Wales today and exchange ideas and experiences to help develop solutions to this Read more »

March 6th 2019

The Feminine Organisation – talk with Deborah Hargreaves

Join us at our first Thought Leader talk of 2019 to hear Deborah Hargreaves, journalist fellow at the Friends Provident Foundation and former Guardian business editor, on reshaping workplaces to suit women. Date: 6th March 2019 Time: Registration and lunch 12.00, talks Read more »