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Prosperity

Nearly 1 in 4 people in Wales is struggling to make ends meet because their income is too low.

We believe everyone should be able to have a decent standard of living. People should be able to meet their basic needs of adequate shelter, food and warmth, and also enjoy the things and activities that many of us take for granted.

Why it matters

Poverty casts a long shadow over people’s lives. It affects educational attainment, employment prospects, health, relationships and life expectancy to name but a few. Dealing with poverty costs the Welsh public purse around £3.6 billion a year – a fifth of all public spending.

Poverty has remained stubbornly high for many years and there are signs it’s on the rise: pensioner poverty has already gone up, and child poverty is forecast to reach nearly 40% by 2021. Looking ahead:

  • In the next 6 months another 43,000 families will be forced to get help from food banks

  • 300,000 families face two more years of frozen benefits while prices rise

  • Each year, 22,000 more children will fall into poverty

Our aim

Our ambition is that more people in Wales want to solve poverty, understand it and take action.  By 2030, we want the rate of poverty to fall to 10% of the population and to make sure that nobody is ever destitute.

What we’re doing

We’re working hard to understand the root causes of poverty, develop practical solutions and persuade decision-makers, practitioners and people experiencing poverty to take action.

Our recent and current projects include:

What we’ve already done

Our solutions are already creating change.

  • We’ve put prosperity on the Welsh agenda.

  • We’ve secured growth hubs in the Valleys.

  • Our recommendations for new Welsh taxes are currently being considered by the Welsh Government.

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In Print

Supporter Magazine

Exchange Issue 10, Spring 2018

“Refreshing, timely and balanced – Exchange has 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. Read more »

Exchange – Issue 9

Well-being in Wales The latest edition of our exclusive supporters’ magazine looks at well-being in Wales from a range of different perspectives. Our excellent range of contributors looks at health and social care in Wales while considering different aspects of Read more »

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Other Publications

Poverty in Wales 2018

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s latest report provides an up-to-date analysis on the current status of poverty in Wales The report looks back over the last twenty years, examining the poverty trends in Wales, comparing Wales with the rest of the Read more »

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Events

June 5th 2018

Strengthening local democracy, delivering good government

The Welsh Government’s Green Paper ‘Strengthening local government, delivering for people’ promises radical reform of Wales’ 22 local councils. But how will it strengthen the voices of people who use local services? Our round-table discussion on local democracy will bring Read more »