Adequate standard of living / 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

The Welsh Government’s commitment to introduce the socio-economic duty from March 2021 is welcome. But Wales remains the UK nation with the highest levels of poverty, with no significant improvements in people’s outcomes over recent years. The number of people relying on foodbanks and the number of households threatened with homelessness have recently increased. The pandemic is likely to increase levels of poverty further in Wales, with reduced earnings and a potential economic downturn. However, the Welsh Government has stated that it does not believe it has the primary policy and fiscal levers, especially in terms of the welfare system, needed to get rid of poverty in Wales.  

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

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 15/09/2020