Vaughan Gething, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty has responded to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on ethnic minority groups in poverty in Wales.
This report sheds further light on the experience of poverty upon people from different community backgrounds. This will help to inform how we act with them to resolve their problems.
The Welsh Government has a strong track record of commitment to social justice and equality of opportunity. The current economic climate makes it even more important that we take action to prioritise the needs of the poorest and to protect those most vulnerable to poverty and marginalisation
This research shows again that where people live can make a big difference to their experience of poverty and their likelihood of gaining work.
“That is why our approach to tackling poverty has a strong focus on narrowing the educational attainment gap, raising skills and bringing job opportunities to poorer communities.
– Vaughan Gething, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty
There are calls for the Welsh Government to provide better intergration of poverty and equality policies.
It comes after a report by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said that the Welsh Government's Tackling Poverty Plan is unlikely to succeed if it overlooks the specific needs of different ethnic groups living in poverty.
The Welsh Government has signalled its commitment to both reducing poverty and mitigating its impact upon people. The report demonstrates that now there needs to be better integration of poverty and equality policies; that there are still some gaps in the policy and the Welsh Government needs to find out if it is policies are working for different groups.
– Duncan Holtom, Head of Research at the People and Work Unit
The Welsh Government has been contacted for a response.
A study into ethnic groups in poverty in Wales shows the choices of those in those groups were often limited and influenced by health and skills, gender roles and resources that could help them escape from poverty.
"This report shows the difficulty of day-to-day life for different ethnic groups living in poverty in Wales. There were barriers experienced by all the families, such as the slim prospect of progression in the jobs market."
– Helen Barnard, Policy and Research Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
A report released today warns that the Welsh Government's Tackling Poverty Plan is unlikely to succeed if it overlooks the specific needs of different ethnic groups living in poverty.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundations conducted research based on real life experiences of poverty from 27 families from five different ethnic groups - Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Somali, Polish and white British/Welsh.
It found that families in the different groups faced similar barriers that prevented them from climbing out of poverty, such as the difficulty of securing a good job.
The respondents all saw employment as the main pathway out of poverty as well as education and where they lived.