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Is Wales Fairer?

‘Is Wales Fairer? 2018’ is the most comprehensive review of how we, in Wales, are performing on equality and human rights. Looking at all areas of life, including education, work, living standards, health, justice and security, and participation in society, it provides a comprehensive picture of people’s life chances in Wales today.

And while there has been some progress – such as fewer young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), a rising employment rate, more people in Wales engaging in democracy, a huge spike in women voting, a decrease in mental health conditions for disabled children and a reduction in police stations being used as a ‘place of safety’ for people with mental health conditions – there are serious challenges that are becoming clearer to see, with more evident divisions in society, as well as increased recording of hate crime and sexual offences. There has also been a rise in poverty that is leading to an even starker gap between the experiences and opportunities of different people, particularly people born into poverty, disabled people, and some ethnic minority groups in Wales.

All of this is set in a context of long-term reductions in public spending, divisions in society and ongoing uncertainty about the impact of leaving the European Union, which is likely to have a particular impact in Wales.

This report looks at outcomes for people in relation to education, health, living standards, justice and security, work, and participation in politics and public life. It outlines key findings in each of these areas and make recommendations for change.