Adequate standard of living and poverty – Welsh Government assessment

Progress assessment


There has been a sustained or severe regression in the enjoyment of human rights, or a significant reduction in human rights standards or protections in law or policy

Wales has the highest levels of poverty in the UK, with no significant improvements in people’s outcomes over recent years. The number of people relying on food banks has risen and the percentage of people living in relative income poverty remains high. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is likely to further increase levels of poverty, though the full impact is yet to be understood. While efforts have been made to reduce costs and extend financial support to those living in poverty, the root causes are not being addressed in a comprehensive and systematic way. The primary policy and fiscal levers rest with the UK Government.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on adequate standard of living and poverty.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 30/09/2021