Policy Forum for Wales

Tackling poverty in Wales: policy reform, implementation and creating routes out of poverty

Morning, Thursday, 12th October 2017

Central Cardiff


Focusing on efforts to tackle poverty in Wales, including the role of early intervention, welfare reform and the creation of routes out of poverty, this conference 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

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

Sarah Crawley

Director, Barnardo’s Cymru

Dr Victoria Winckler

Director, Bevan Foundation

Jeff Greenidge

Chair, Strategy Group Wales, Learning and Work Institute