In January 2016, the Welsh Government launched its Consultation on Together for Mental Health – Delivery Plan 2016 – 2019.
The consultation seeks views on the priority areas and actions. views on the priority areas and actions.
It closed on 4 April 2016.
The report of the All Wales Hate Crime Research Project was published in 2013.
In November 2015 on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Welsh Women’s Aid called for lifesaving refuge services’ funding in Wales to be protected by government and public authorities.
In July 2015, the National Assembly for Wales published Employment Opportunities for People over 50.
The report calls for more research into the barriers to employment for those over 50.
Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales was published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in September 2015.
The research looks at measures of low income, low pay and other types of disadvantage. It then considers what challenges these changes and the Summer Budget 2015 pose to policy-making in Wales.
The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee is undertaking an inquiry into poverty in Wales. The inquiry will be divided into four strands, each focusing on one particular issue. Each strand will be self-contained, with its own terms of reference, but taken together will form an overarching piece of work. The Committee is currently working on Strand 1 of the inquiry.
In June 2015, the National Assembly for Wales Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee published Inquiry into Poverty in Wales: Poverty and Inequality.
Findings include that more than one in five people live in poverty in Wales. Since the early 2000s, the level of poverty in Wales has been static, and Wales is currently behind only London (28%) and on par with the West Midlands, with 23% of the population living in poverty.
The report recommends ‘that the Welsh Government establishes a Welsh Poverty Reduction Alliance, which draws together Ministers and officials (including local government), with the third, private and academic sectors. It should also include representation from people living in poverty. This group should form the basis of innovative policy development, implementation and on-going scrutiny of poverty levels in Wales.
Conclusions and recommendations
The paper argues that public policy in Wales needs to be clear what it means by poverty. And while the 60% median income is a useful measure, it is too blunt a tool to inform Wales’s actions to ‘tackle poverty’. Instead it suggests that an approach based on resources and needs is more useful.
Income is a very important aspect of individual and household resources, and, the authors suggest, public policy should explicitly adopt strategies to raise incomes, including the Living Wage. But income isn’t the only important resource – whether households have a home, can keep warm and have enough to eat also matter, and the authors suggest that these should be important areas of a future anti-poverty plan. And last, but not least, individuals need the necessary skills to manage their everyday lives, so literacy and numeracy, digital skills and financial capability are key areas.
The paper by Victoria Winckler with Michael Trickey was published in November 2014.
In 2014, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in Wales published a research report and monitoring reports showing the extent of progress in relation to the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED).
These reports show that:
- The PSED is working effectively in Wales and should be retained.
- The PSED is a catalyst for change. All organisations have been able to demonstrate how the PSED supports work to eliminate unlawful discrimination, promote equality and foster good relations.
- The PSED is being used to influence and scrutinise the way public bodies behave.
- The Welsh Government can enhance its leadership role to ensure the PSED delivers stronger outcomes.
In March 2014, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Welsh Government signed a Concordat that sets out an agreed approach for an effective relationship between the two organisations.
The document outlines the guiding principles of co-operation between the two organisations in attempts to promote equality and tackle discrimination in Wales.
Published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), this report ‘paints a stark picture of Wales. One that shows women are largely missing from the decision-making tables across most areas of our daily life’.
Who Runs Wales? 2014 was published in March 2014.