Policy Forum for Wales

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

April 2019

This conference discussed 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 reflected key themes and issues emerging as policymakers scrutinised developments and considered practical ways forward for policy. Further sessions also assessed the impact of policy initiatives themselves.

Keynotes: Maureen Howell, Deputy Director, Prosperous Futures, Welsh Government; Dr Victoria Winckler, Wales Adviser, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Dr Martin Elliott, ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre, Cardiff University.

Further speakers included: Eleri Butler, Welsh Women’s Aid; Lisa Charles, Bron Afon Community Housing; Emma Davies-McIntosh, Torfaen County Borough Council; Keir Duffin, Newport City Council and South East Wales Regional Skills Partnership; Simon Green, Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People and Disability Wales; Dave Johnson, Wales Probation; Hazel Lloyd-Lubran, Ceredigion Association of Voluntary Organisations and Ceredigion Public Services Board; Gareth Morgan, Welfare Rights Advisers Cymru; Sarah Mutch; Caerphilly County Borough Council and Dr Bob Smith, School of Geography and Cardiff University.

Chair: Mark Isherwood AM, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates