Tackling Poverty Fortnight starts on Monday 28 October
‘Tackling Poverty’ has moved to the top of the Welsh Government agenda in recent months, precipitated by the flat lining economy, the biggest shake-up to the benefits system in 60 years, public spending cuts and rising living costs. These events have a social impact on families and communities in Wales as people lose their jobs or have their pay frozen while prices continue to rise. Poverty is often the consequence.
The Wales Co-operative Centre manages a number of projects which aim to prevent poverty, help people out of poverty and mitigate the impact of poverty. Our work promoting financial inclusion and supporting social enterprise is highly relevant to this agenda. We are also the lead delivery partner of Communities 2.0, the Welsh Government’s digital inclusion initiative, which helps the poorest people in the most deprived areas become better off through improved skills, improved chances of finding a job and access to all the services they need.
From Monday 28 October – Friday 8 November we will be running a social media campaign, Tackling Poverty Fortnight, to raise awareness of our work. Each day we will publish a blog highlighting a different case study, or providing our perspective on current policy. Our blogs will we published here on the Centre’s blog and on the Communities 2.0 blog. We will also be using the twitter hashtag #povertyinwales.
We very much hope that people will join the campaign by reading and sharing our blog posts. Please get in touch if you want to meet to learn more about the Centre’s remit on tackling poverty.