Poverty and welfare

Taking action to raise women’s incomes, increase their engagement with the labour market.

Street photography. Point of view looking across a typical Welsh town high street with people walking in the foreground.

Women are more likely to live in poverty

They are at greater risk of falling into poverty than men and in many cases it is their income that decides if a family lives in poverty or not.

Taking action to raise women’s incomes, increase their engagement with the labour market and tackle issues of occupational segregation will have a significant impact on poverty levels overall.

You can read the most recent briefings and consultation responses we’ve written on this topic below.


Inquiry into Poverty in Wales

June 2017

Our response to the National Assembly for Wales’ ELGC Committee’s Inquiry into Poverty in Wales: Making the economy work for people on low incomes.


Wales Women’s Summit 2016: Women and Poverty Report.

March 2016

To mark International Women’s Day 2016 Chwarae Teg partnered with Women Making a Difference, Oxfam Cymru and the office of the Presiding Officer to run the Wales Women’s Summit.

This report sets out the key issues raised during a round-table discussion on women’s experiences of poverty and some recommendations that could help address the barriers that poverty creates.


Women and Welfare Reform.

November 2014

This paper outlines how welfare reform to date has disproportionately impacted women and how it will continue to do so.

Read the full briefing

Poverty and Inequality, consultation response.

September 2014

Our response to the National Assembly Communities, Equalities and Local Government Committee inquiry into poverty and inequality.

Poverty and inequality are inextricably linked making it impossible to tackle one without addressing the other.

Our Response

Call for intelligence and best practice examples: Poverty and educational attainment.

January 2014

Action to break the link between poverty and poor educational attainment is invaluable.

Poor educational attainment and disengagement from education can have a long lasting impact on people’s lives and can lead to higher unemployment, lower earnings, poorer chances of career progression and social exclusion.

Our Response