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‘Staggering’ figures show that four in ten Welsh households struggling to buy anything beyond basic essentials

09 Dec 2021 3 minutes Read
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Four in every ten Welsh households do not have enough money to buy anything beyond everyday essentials, new figures have revealed.

The data collected by YouGov was described as “staggering” by the Bevan Foundation who commissioned the poll.

Combined with data from the Welsh Government’s household estimates it suggest that 165,000 households struggle to even cover essential purchases.

Dr Steffan Evans of the Bevan Foundation said that the number of households who are struggling to cover even their basic costs is now greater than the number of households in Cardiff, “placing families in significant hardship.”

“The cost of living crisis has already hit the headlines this winter but this latest data clearly sets out what this means for families,” he said.

The data show that nearly a third of Welsh households (33 per cent) have had to cut back on their heating, electricity and/ or water since the summer (33 per cent), whilst more than a quarter (26 per cent) have cut back on the food for adults.

Between May and November more than one in twenty households with one child (6 per cent) and one in ten households with two children (10 per cent) reported cutting back on food for children.

On top of this a quarter of households with two children (25 per cent) reported having to cut back on items for children such as clothing, toys, nappies and books.

‘Accelerate’

Reacting to the data Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group said it was “shocking” how many children in Wales are going without essentials because their families didn’t have enough money to make ends meet.

“The picture is particularly bleak for parents who are unable to work because they are disabled or caring for young children,” she said. “With little going towards these families in the UK Government’s recent budget and spending review, the Welsh Government should step up its support to protect them from deeper poverty.”

The data suggests that the Welsh public are supportive of some of the actions being taken by the Welsh Government to help families.

There is support for providing emergency to struggling families (71 per cent), providing universal free school meals (55 per cent), and extending free part-time childcare to all children from nine months (55 per cent).

“Given the extent of the crisis facing Welsh families this winter and the popular support for many of the policies set out in the recent Labour/ Plaid Cymru Co-operation Agreement, there is a real case for the Welsh Government to accelerate the implementation of some of the policies its already announced to ensure that families can get the maximum support they need this winter,” Steffan Evans.

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Gareth W
Gareth W
1 month ago

…and accelerate our move to independence

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago

In December 2019 some 557,234 voters in Wales chose inequality, untruthfulness and plain downright evil. The leader of Welsh Tories just reconfirmed this with his stance on free school meals.
Oh Arglwydd, dyma gamwedd.

Keith Parry
Keith Parry
1 month ago

Labour have run this country for the last twenty two years. We needed and need a Singapore style economic boom to cure poverty. WHERE IS THE BOOM ECONOMY.?

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Keith Parry

Keith, the only BOOM you’ll get is when those Unionists keep beating their drums banging on about dependency on London, see.

Pob lwc
Pob lwc
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Or the separatists endlessly banging the drum for the independence fantasyland.

Speaking of dependency, are your tenants still paying your mortgage for you, landlord?

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago
Reply to  Pob lwc

Which separatists are you talking about. The ones in Westminster who took us out of the EU.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Gareth

just realised that he’s grade A troll material. Happy making up nonsense regardless of the situation.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

You must have missed the Tory campaign for Brexit then, shame, Boris seemed to love the big red bus with the NHS message on the side. Or am I making it up and just trolling. Nice troll by you to deflect from Tory separatists moves.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Welsh people wanting Indy are regarded as seperatist, Torys wanting the UK out of the EU are not ? The latter are , or regard themselves as Patriots who only want the best for the country, Strange that

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Pob lwc

That’s between them and me so keep your nose out unless you are offering to pay rent on their behalf. Try getting off your butt and doing something constructive. There again you may well be one of those jokers who thinks that dependency on London is still a good thing especially if you are one of the little pigs sucking on a teat somewhere down the line.

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
1 month ago

Welcome to evil, corrupted Toryland…

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