Written evidence submitted by Conwy County Borough Council (BSW0004)

 

This response is a collaborative document, collating the views of Conwy County Borough Council’s Revenues & Benefits, Social Care and Education Departments in addition to feedback from our Welfare Reform Group’s local Landlord representative.

 

 

1        What are the key challenges for the benefits system in Wales and how do they differ from other nations and regions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2        Pre pandemic how effectively did the UK benefits system tackle poverty and socio-economic inequalities in Wales as compared to England and Wales?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3        How has the Covid 19 pandemic changed the type and amount of support needed by the people in Wales?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4        How effectively has the benefits system responded to the needs and what else should the UK government do to deliver the right support in Wales?

 

 

 

5        What reforms are needed to the benefits system and should there be further devolution of powers?

 

Administration

Free School Meals

 

Funding

Vision for devolved powers

 

 

 

6        How effectively do the UK and Welsh government work together in the delivery of benefits in Wales?

 

 

 

7        What are the implications for the UBI in Wales

 

 

August 2021

 

 

 

Relevant Reports:

JRF Poverty in Wales 2020

Wales faces a rising tide of poverty after coronavirus

A minimum income standard for the United Kingdom in 2021

Council Tax Reduction Scheme and COVID-19 in Wales: interim findings