Tackling Poverty in Wales

Reducing the number of people who live in poverty is a foremost priority for Welsh Government, local authorities and other public and third sector partners in Wales. Poverty is a persistent, multifaceted problem with wide-ranging consequences for individuals and communities. The nature of the problem is not viewed solely in terms of income, but recognises how income can impact on opportunities, access to services and participation. Organisations’ efforts to address it focus on mitigating the impacts as well as dealing with the underlying causes. In this context, the responsibility for tackling poverty does not rest with a single service, policy area or organisation but instead requires a collective and coordinated effort, where work across a range of areas is focused towards achieving that goal. In practice this covers education, economic development, regeneration, transport, housing and social care among many others, with partners’ working across tiers of government and sectors.

Welsh Government’s tackling poverty agenda is set out in Building Resilient Communities: Taking Forward the Tackling Poverty Action Plan in July 2013. The plan promotes a whole government approach to reducing poverty and inequality by 2020 and focuses on the following areas;

  • Joining up of communities and across government, with the objective of creating prosperous communities, learning communities and healthier communities;
  • Preventing poverty;
  • Helping people out of poverty; and
  • Mitigating the impact of poverty.

Local authorities have their own arrangements and plans in place to tackle poverty and they work with partners to deliver key Welsh Government programmes, such as Flying Start, Families First, Communities First and Youth Engagement and Progression Framework. They have also appointed elected member Anti Poverty Champions and lead officers. These individuals work to ensure that there is the requisite focus on tackling poverty and that there is a joined up and coherent approach across the local authority.

In order to support that coherence and advance progress in this important area, work is underway to gather and share good practice through Good Practice Wales, the single access online portal to good practice and knowledge for public services in Wales. The site can be used to;

  • Find relevant case studies by searching ‘poverty’ or other key words.
  • Promote examples of good practice by contacting Clover Rodrigues clover.rodrigues@wlga.gov.uk / 029 2046 8636.

The following links provide further information and useful resources.

Welsh Government



Bevan Foundation

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Data Unit

EmployMedia  is a European Social Fund project that considers how we use media in our public work: how media can help people demonstrate what sort of public services meet their demands and media that helps them as citizens have a stake in developing and delivering services.

Tavistock Institute

  • Personal Relationships and Poverty – JRF Anti-poverty review

Wales Rural Network Support Unit

Exploring new ways of providing non – statutory services event 9 September 2015 – Wales Rural Network Support Unit

Rural poverty: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities / Tlodi gwledig: Materion, Heriau a Chyfleoedd

ATD FOURTH WORLD is a human rights-based, anti-poverty organisation with more than 40 years' experience of engaging with individuals and institutions to find solutions to eradicate extreme poverty in the UK.