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Poverty in Wales isn't about drought, war or starvation - as it can be in developing countries - but it's every bit as real.
Almost one in four people in Wales lives in poverty which means they get less than 60% of the average wage. That is about 700,000 of our fellow citizens.
Poverty can mean having no money in your pocket, your children going to school hungry, or to bed without enough food. It can mean not being able to afford a winter coat, or heat your home. But it can also be about living for years without work or hope, cut off from opportunities and change. And people in poor communities have worse health and shorter life expectancy. Changes to the benefits system are causing further problems. In addition, there's a lot of blame, stigma and misinformation circulating in the media and elsewhere
around the subject of poverty.
That's why Oxfam works in Wales to overcome poverty, and to tell the truth about it, now and in the long term.
Read Truth and Lies about Poverty - a hard-hitting report by Oxfam Cymru and the Church in Wales, tackling the myths about poverty in the UK.
We work on the following issues in Wales:
Oxfam's poverty work in Wales is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Wales and the Unilever Foundation.
Find out more about Oxfam's UK Poverty Programme.
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