Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for tackling poverty in Wales: early intervention, economy prosperity and welfare reform

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. 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 be discussed, as will the work of the Welsh Government’s Taskforce for the valleys.

Guest of Honour

Guto Bebb MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office

Guest of Honour

Guto Bebb MP

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office


John Griffiths AM

Chair, Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee


Dr Sarah Lloyd-Jones

Director, People and Work Unit

Dr Victoria Winckler

Director, Bevan Foundation

Jeff Greenidge

Chair, Strategy Group Wales, Learning and Work Institute