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Cuts Watch Cymru Launches Living Wage Campaign

Cuts Watch Cymru launches Living Wage Campaign During Living Wage Week 3rd- 9th November 2013, Cuts Watch Cymru members launched a Living Wage Campaign. We are asking politicians and employers in Wales to sign up to a Living Wage Charter, supporting the Living Wage and calling for progress to be made to increase the numbers of accredited […]

Analysing the Impact of the UK Government’s Welfare Reforms in Wales

Analysing the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms in Wales – Stage 1 Analysis The Welsh Government’s Ministerial Task and Finish Group for Welfare Reform has commissioned a programme of work to assess the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms in Wales. The report outlines the key findings from Stage 1 of the […]

Should We Worry About Child Benefit Changes?

Today, Child Benefit stops being a universal benefit and joins the large number of other means-tested social security payments. Winter Fuel Allowance looks to be the next universal benefit to go (having already been pruned). Both these changes (both actual and prospective) raise difficult issues for those concerned with tackling poverty and inequality which haven’t […]

Cuts Watch Cymru at the Women’s Institute Public Affairs Conference

After the release of its second report, focusing on Crisis Loans and devolving arrangements for meeting people’s emergency needs to the Welsh Government, Cuts Watch Cymru were invited to deliver workshops at the Women’s Institute Public Affairs Conference on 17th April. Around 100 women attended the all-day conference held in Builth Wells, which incorporated a […]

What’s wrong with regional pay?

“Regional pay” threatens to be another blow to Wales’s public sector workers, following a pay freeze, cuts in spending and threats to pensions. It could also affect public sector workers’ families and the economies of towns and cities across Wales. The idea of “regional” or even “local” pay is riddled with problems. The biggest problem […]

The Truth about your Tax Bill

The report in today’s Daily Mail, regrettably repeated without question by BBC Wales’s Good Morning Wales show, claims to show how an individual’s tax is spent across different government departments.  “Truth about your tax bill”, it trumpets, conveniently the day before the budget, “everyone to get statement revealing THIRD of tax goes on welfare.”  It goes […]

Wales Welfare Reform Conference

The UK Government is introducing some of the most far-reaching changes to social security benefits seen for a generation. One in four people in Wales – and more in some communities – will be affected by these changes, some of them coping with multiple changes as Housing Benefit, out-of-work benefit and support for disabled people […]