Cymorth Cymru, in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru and Welsh Tenants, recently held an event entitled “Sustaining Tenancies in Tough Times”.  The aim of the day was to explore the impact the current economic climate and public spending regime (particularly benefit changes) is having on the people our members work with and […]

As was widely tipped David Cameron made even more draconian announcements about “welfare” yesterday, Victoria Winckler points out five facts to remember. The most costly element of the “welfare” bill is pensions, not Income Support for lone parents or Housing Benefit. Pensions and related benefits for pensioners account for two-thirds of social security benefits (£96.6 billion out […]

Cuts Watch Cymru said: “The new Welsh Government Tackling Poverty Action Plan published today is right to recognise the challenges facing the increasing numbers of people living in poverty across Wales.  “The strategy emphasises the costs of poverty – not only to the individuals and families blighted by a lack of hope and basic day […]

With the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty Action Plan said to be imminent, the latest figures on poverty should give Ministers pause for thought. Most importantly, the widely-reported drop in the proportion of people living in poverty doesn’t make the need for action any less urgent. Overall, there are still about 638,000 people living in poverty […]

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 […]

“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 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 […]