Policy Forum for Wales

Tackling poverty in Wales: policy reform post-Communities First, implementation and best practice

Morning, Thursday, 12th October 2017

Central Cardiff


This seminar will focus on efforts to tackle poverty in Wales, including the role of early intervention, welfare reform and the creation of routes out of poverty.

It is timed as the Welsh Government phases out its headline anti-poverty programme Communities First - with funding only committed up to 70% of current levels until 2018 - and pursues a new approach to tackling poverty focused around support for those furthest from the labour market and extra support investment in early intervention for children and families.

The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the new approach and its implications as well as further strategies and policies - local, national and UK-wide - designed to address the root causes of poverty such as welfare and minimum wage reform, housing policy and investment in reducing educational attainment gaps.

Sessions will also consider how economic growth policy for deprived regions and communities in Wales can deliver routes out of poverty. Delegates will hear what lessons can be learnt from Lansbury Park, considered to be one of Wales’ most deprived communities. Uncertainty over the impact of Brexit on the funding for key Welsh Government skills and employability programmes and use of Structural Funds for regeneration will also be discussed.

Guest of Honour

Senior representative from the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales

Guest of Honour

Senior representative from the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales

Keynote Speaker

Professor David Gordon

Professor of Social Justice and Director, Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, University of Bristol


John Griffiths AM

Chair, Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee

Siân Gwenllian AM

Member, Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee


San Leonard

Chief Executive, Social Firms Wales

Dr Sarah Lloyd-Jones

Director, People and Work Unit

Carole Morgan-Jones

Director, NEA Cymru

Sarah Crawley

Director, Barnardo’s Cymru

Dr Victoria Winckler

Director, Bevan Foundation

Beverley Phillips

Headteacher, Blaenymaes Primary School

Christina Harrhy

Corporate Director, Communities, Caerphilly County Borough Council

Dr Mark Lang

Consultant Social Economist and Honorary University Associate, Cardiff University

Jeff Greenidge

Chair, Strategy Group Wales, Learning and Work Institute

Ruth Coombs

Head, Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales