Policy Forum for Wales

Reducing poverty in Wales - welfare reform, local approaches and long-term strategies

Morning, Thursday, 28th March 2019

Central Cardiff


This seminar will discuss latest thinking on policy and wider initiatives for reducing poverty in Wales - with a focus on welfare reform, regional approaches and long term strategies.

Discussion will reflect key themes and issues emerging as policymakers scrutinise developments and consider practical ways forward for policy, and will assess the impact of policy initiatives themselves.

It takes place following the series of inquiries into poverty in Wales by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee on how government resources can best be used to reduce poverty long term - and how the economic strategy plan should be applied to address inequalities and broaden the impact of economic growth. Delegates will discuss the recommendations, and the response from the Welsh Government.

The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss the impact of the Universal Credit roll-out, with the Equality and Human Rights Commission reporting that welfare reform is likely to push up to 50,000 more children into poverty and put pressure on Local Authorities.

Further sessions examine progress on locally-focused strategies to tackle the root causes of poverty in light of the end of the Communities First programme - including priorities for improving access to housing for workless families and those on low incomes.

It also comes after the Public Service Boards publish their Well-being plans, which look at long term and regional early intervention strategies that can be implemented to prevent poverty arising, and the approaches available to local authorities - with a case study from Preston City Council.

We also expect discussion on the role newer forms of work arrangements including flexible working could play in tackling the root causes of poverty, especially amongst women with young children, following a further inquiry by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee into parenting and employment in Wales.

Keynote Speaker

John Griffiths AM

Chair, Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee

Keynote Speaker

John Griffiths AM

Chair, Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee


Leanne Wood AM

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Housing and Social Justice


Councillor Mary Sherwood

Cabinet Member, Better Communities, Swansea Council and Joint Spokesperson for Equalities, Welfare Reform and Anti-Poverty, WLGA

Simon Green

Chairperson, Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People and Elected Director, Disability Wales

Dr Victoria Winckler

Wales Adviser, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Dr Martin Elliott

ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre, Cardiff University

Councillor Matthew Brown

Leader, Preston City Council

Eleri Butler

Chief Executive, Welsh Women’s Aid

Senior speaker confirmed from Cardiff Capital Region Regional Skills Partnership

Gareth Morgan

Chair, Welfare Rights Advisers Cymru

Sarah Mutch

Early Years Manager, Caerphilly County Borough Council