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Diverse Cymru’s stance on UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights report

On 22 May 2019, the report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was made public.

This report publicises findings from the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston’s, visit to the UK.

It was reported that one fifth of the overall population live in poverty, with Wales facing the highest relative poverty rate in the UK with one in four people in Wales living in relative income poverty.

The report highlighted issues within poverty experienced by society, drawing particular reference to the experiences of women, children, ethnic minority groups, persons with disabilities and older people.

From this, the report concluded with extensive conclusions linked to addressing poverty.

Diverse Cymru welcome the recommendations put forward by the Special Rapporteur.

From this report the key points to be emphasized in relation to promoting equality in Wales has four aspects:

  • In Wales we need to review and strengthen the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation in order to effectively measure poverty.
  • Given the report’s findings of the impact of poverty on groups such as women, children, persons with disabilities, older people and ethnic minorities, the incorporation of social and human rights in the UK and Wales is essential to various diverse communities.
  • We encourage the Welsh Government’s work around social inclusion to specifically include and advance equality.
  • Further, the report highlights the disproportionate impacts of welfare reforms on equality groups. This must, therefore, be addressed.

You can read the full report here