Count me in! Tackling poverty and social exclusion through culture, heritage and the arts


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Year of Publication:
2019

Publisher(s):
National Assembly for Wales (Senedd Cymru)

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

This report sets out 8 recommendations regarding the role of arts and culture in tackling poverty and social exclusion in Wales. These recommendations were made to the Welsh Government by the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee of the National Assembly for Wales, based on research carried out between 2018 and 2019.

The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee of the National Assembly for Wales was set up in June 2016 to examine legislation and hold the Welsh Government to account by scrutinising expenditure, administration and policy matters, encompassing (but not restricted to): culture; the arts; historic environment; Welsh language; communications; broadcasting and the media.

The Committee chose to investigate the role of arts and culture in tackling poverty and social exclusion. Between 5 October and 14 December 2018 the Committee asked people to write to them, setting out:
• How effective has the Welsh Government been in improving participation in and access to culture for people in poverty?
• How effective have the efforts of Welsh Government sponsored bodies (namely the Arts Council, National Museum, National Library and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales) and local government been in using culture to tackle poverty?
• What impact has the Welsh Government’s Fusion programme had on using culture to tackle poverty?
• How effective have the Fusion pioneer programmes been in stimulating local collaboration?

In January 2019 the Members of the Committee visited Fusion programme activities and met the co-ordinators in their constituencies. Between March and May 2019 the Committee discussed the above questions in more detail. The Committee’s 8 recommendations were based on the issues which were discussed, which included:
• the nature of the work to encourage collaboration between organisations in this field of work, including the Welsh Government’s Fusion programme;
• public funding for this area of work;
• the ways in which greater access to culture, the arts and heritage is promoted and
• the evaluation of activity in this area of work.



Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

National Assembly for Wales (2019). Count me in! Tackling poverty and social exclusion through culture, heritage and the arts. Cardiff: Senedd Cymru.