A general election gives us the opportunity to take stock and ask some basic questions. Am I doing better than the last time I voted? What about my family and friends? Or my local community?
So, ahead of polling day on 12 December, we’ve pulled together some of the key facts and figures about work, pay and poverty in Wales. This is stuff that all voters should know.
Average wages in Wales are – incredibly - still lower today than they were before the 2008 financial crash. This is the slowest pay recovery for 200 years. This ‘lost decade’ in pay growth is sometimes passed off as some kind of natural fact – as if the UK Government couldn’t have done anything about it. This isn’t true. We know it’s not true because plenty of other countries have kept wages rising. Stagnant wages are a policy failure.
29% of children of Welsh children are being brought up in poverty. And work is no longer the guaranteed route out of poverty that it once was. Two thirds of children in poverty in Wales live in households where at least one adult is in a paid job.