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 […]

Discretionary Assistance Fund Falling Short?                        What happens when someone has no money – nothing at all? From April 2nd you’ll apply for help from the Welsh Government’s Discretionary Assistance Fund.  The contract to operate this £10.2m Fund has been awarded to Northgate Public Services working with Family Fund Trading and Wrexham CBC. Many […]

Cuts Watch Cymru has recently completed its action paper on Housing reform. The paper firstly highlights the impact of changes to housing policy in Wales, before presenting steps the government could take to reduce the impact of housing reform. The report was sent direct to Huw Lewis Minister for Housing, Regeneration, and Heritage, and Leighton […]

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 […]

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 […]

The rise in welfare payments, inside and outside of work, will be limited to 1 per cent. Osborne states that this is below inflation but emphasizes that it is in line with average rises in private sector pay. Of course many people who rely on benefits are in fact working. The Chancellor expects the uprating […]

The recent Panorama and Dispatches programmes exposed the experiences of many disabled people undergoing Work Capability Assessments (WCA) through undercover filming, which confirms what people have told us of their own assessments. Today it was announced that Atos has won £400m contracts to carry out disability benefit tests.  There is so much more to be told, so many […]