PEP Talk explores policy, evidence and practice in Wales. Each episode we’ll address a challenge facing those of us who work across public policy in Wales, looking at the scale of the issue, and what the evidence says about how we should go about tackling it.
You can listen to each episode by clicking on the links below:
Episode 1 – Youth Homelessness
This episode we look at the issue of youth homelessness. We ask how youth homelessness is defined, what the situation is here in Wales, what’s being done to tackle the issue, and what further steps need to be taken to eradicate it completely.
Read our report: Preventing Youth Homelessness
Guests: Frances Beecher – Chief Executive Officer of Llamau, Jonathan Webb – Former Research Officer at the Wales Centre for Public Policy, and Kaitlin Schwan – Senior Researcher at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, based at York University
The episode also includes a pre-recorded interview with independent housing researcher, Tamsin Stirling, who we asked about how well local authorities across Wales are working to get to grips with youth homelessness in their communities
Episode 2 – Council Tax and Vulnerable Debtors
This episode we look at the issue of council tax and vulnerable debtors. We ask why the number of people in council tax arrears in Wales is increasing, what factors are underpinning it, how council deal with the issue, and what better solutions are there for dealing with it.
Read our report: Responding to Citizens in Debt to Public Services.
Guests: Dr Helen Hodges – Research Officer at the Wales Centre for Public Policy, Professor Sharon Collard – Research Director of the Personal Finance Research Centre, University of Bristol, and Lee Phillips – Wales Manager, Money and Pensions Advice Service
Episode 3 – Gender Equality
This episode we ask what gender equality looks like in practical terms, what it looks like in other countries, and what still needs to happen before reaching the Welsh Government’s aim of becoming the UK’s first feminist government.
Read our reports: Tackling Inequality Through Gender Budgeting and Learning from Nordic Nations.
You can read the Gender Equality review in full on Chwarae Teg’s website.
Guests: Cerys Furlong – Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg, Dr Angela O’Hagan – Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences in the Glasgow School for Business and Society, and Deputy Director of the Wise Centre for Economic Justice, and Magnus Jacobson – Gender expert and Communication Strategist at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)
Episode 4 – The Value of Trade Unions in Wales
This episode we look at value of trade unions in Wales, and how they might respond to the challenges and opportunities of the current economic context.
Read our report: The Value of Trade Unions in Wales.
Guests: Nisreen Mansour – Policy Officer at the Wales TUC, Professor Alan Felstead – Research Professor at Cardiff University’s School of Social Science, and Dr Craig Johnson – Research Associate at the Wales Centre for Public Policy
Episode 5 – Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation during Lockdown
In this special lockdown edition of PEP Talk, Dr Hannah Durrant talks to Julie Barnett (Professor of Health Psychology, University of Bath) about loneliness and social isolation during the Coronavirus lockdown, and the role of technology in alleviating those experiences.
Read our report: Loneliness in the Lockdown.
Episode 6 – Tackling loneliness in and out of lockdown: the role of good communication
In this remotely recorded edition of PEP Talk Laura Bennett speaks to Clare Delargy and Robin Hewings about loneliness during lockdown, and the importance of meaningful, clear, and effective communication; particularly from public services and Government sources.
Guests: Clare Delargy – Principal Advisor at the UK Behavioural Insights Team, and Robin Hewings – Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research at the Campaign to End Loneliness.
Episode 7 – Post-Brexit Migration and Wales
In this remotely recorded edition of PEP Talk Dr Craig Johnson speaks to Professor Jonathan Portes, Dr Sarah Kyambi, and Llyr ap Gareth about the likely impacts of post-Brexit migration policies, and they offer insight into the ways in which the Welsh Government could seek to respond to the challenges and maximise the opportunities that the new migration rules will present.
Read our report: Post-Brexit Migration and Wales
Guests: Professor Jonathan Portes – Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the School of Politics & Economics, King’s College, London, Dr Sarah Kyambi – Director of Migration Policy Scotland, and Llyr ap Gareth – Senior Policy Advisor at the Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) Wales.
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