Assembly member lives on benefits to experience the effects of ‘welfare reform’

3 Jun

Vox Political

The day job: Rebecca Evans AM in the more familiar environment of the Assembly debating chamber [Image: ITV]. The day job: Rebecca Evans AM in the more familiar environment of the Assembly debating chamber [Image: ITV]. I wanted to share this with you because, as a constituent and a member of the Labour Party, I’m quite proud of Mid and West Wales Labour AM Rebecca Evans, who spent a week living on an amount equivalent to Jobseekers’ Allowance and discussing ‘welfare reform’ with people who deal with its effects on a day-to-day basis, to find out what it is like.

She wrote an article about her experience for Wales Onlinewhich I am taking the liberty of excerpting here. Over to you, Rebecca:

With the average household in Wales expected to lose 4.1 per cent of their income due to policy changes, support is vital for those living on the poverty line.

Although people are understandably cynical when politicians attempt to live life on the breadline, I wanted…

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