IWA Debate: Has the Welsh Government given up on tackling poverty?


Eversheds-Sutherland offices

1 Callaghan Square, CF10 5BT

Cardiff, GB, CF10 5BT

in partnership with Cardiff University

The Cardiff University – IWA debate series brings together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to discuss topical issues at the heart of politics, society and the economy in Wales. Challenging assumptions and offering fresh thinking, the sessions support informed policymaking through constructive and engaging debate.

In February 2017, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children announced that the Communities First Programme would be phased out by March 2018. 

In the announcement he conceded that whilst “…Communities First has been successful in its impact on many individuals in poverty, …it has not had an impact on overall poverty levels in Wales, which remain stubbornly high.”

The absence of any plans to replace the Communities First Programme has led some to question if the Welsh government has given up on tackling poverty altogether.

Speakers and agenda for this debate will be confirmed shortly.


This is a free event, but places are limited so tickets must be booked in advance.

This event has been kindly supported by Eversheds-Sutherland