Morning, Tuesday, 14th July 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will examine the policy priorities for tackling poverty and deprivation in Wales.
Areas for discussion include:
- the key drivers and underlying causes of poverty,
- the next steps after the Government’s child poverty review and fuel poverty plan,
- the roll-out of Universal Credit, and
- local and national employment strategies.
There will be keynote addresses from:
- Maureen Howell, Deputy Director, Prosperous Futures, Welsh Government;
- Andrew Latto, Deputy Director, Devolution, Pensioner Benefits & Carer’s Allowance, Department for Work and Pensions; and
- Mark Jeffs, Audit Manager, Wales Audit Office.
Further confirmed speakers include: Ellie Harwood, Child Poverty Action Group and a senior speaker from the Residential Landlords Association Wales.
The agenda in summary
- Understanding the key drivers of poverty and supporting communities across Wales;
- Identifying desired outcomes and measuring performance over time;
- Addressing the underlying causes of poverty;
- Tackling child poverty following the Welsh Government review;
- Completing the roll-out of Universal Credit;
- Key challenges for implementing the new fuel poverty plan;
- Local and national employment strategies: higher-paid employment, developing income security and reducing in-work poverty; and
- Policy priorities for tackling poverty in Wales.
Context and the focus for discussion
The conference takes place in the context of issues emerging from policy and sector developments, including:
- The current Government review into the impact of programmes on children living in poverty - with a progress update in December indicating a recent rise in child poverty;
- The forthcoming fuel poverty plan from the Welsh Government - with the Wales Audit Office recently reporting a reduction in fuel poverty - although the Government had not met its targets, which were ambitious given the wider policy landscape;
- The Social Partnership Bill to be brought forward this Assembly term, following the final report of the Fair Work Commission;
- Reports that there will be a review into the Job Support Wales scheme;
- The preliminary report from the Wales Centre for Public Policy, laying out the key issues to focus on in considering the future devolution of benefits administration to Wales;
- The inquiry by the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee into using culture to tackle poverty and social exclusion; and
- The Welsh Government’s Employability Plan, including decreasing economy inactivity and promoting in-work progression, and Economic Action Plan, including aims around regional inequality and fair work.
It also comes with a forthcoming debate on benefits, after the Welsh Government’s response to the inquiry by the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee - who recommended to the Government that it should:
- create a coherent and integrated benefits system,
- develop public awareness of available benefits to affect uptake, and
- seek powers to create new benefits and top up reserved benefits.