Income and Poverty

Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales 2013

  • Published 19th Sep 2013
  • Authors: Peter Kenway, , Adam Tinson,
  • Category: Income and Poverty

What are the latest poverty trends in Wales?

This is the fourth update of Monitoring poverty and social exclusion in Wales, providing a comprehensive analysis of trends. It examines various indicators, including:

  • poverty rates in Wales;
  • patterns of in-work and out-of-work poverty;
  • disability and poverty;
  • and employment rates.

It found that:

  • Wales needs job creation to defeat poverty. The extent of inactivity, disability and in-work poverty in Wales reflects weak demand for labour.
  • Over the three years to 2011/12, 690,000 people (23%) were living in low-income households in Wales. The proportion in working families has risen steadily.
  • 29% of people in ‘part-working’ families had low household incomes, but only 7% of those in ‘full-working’ families. For some, working more hours is part of the answer to in-work poverty.
  • Some 23% of employees earning less than the UK ‘Living Wage’ had low household incomes, but only 3% of those earning more. As well as working more hours, higher pay is part of the answer to in-work poverty.
  • In Wales, 26.5% of the working-age population was economically inactive in 2012 – higher than the British average by almost 3.5 percentage points, an ‘excess’ of 65,000 people. Of this ‘excess’, around 45,000 was due to the below-average employment rate in Wales 

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