Economy

Future Generations Commissioner urges Welsh Government to deliver on a green recovery budget

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● Carbon neutral housing and green jobs for people unemployed by pandemic are crucial to reset the economy and ‘build back better’
● Sophie Howe has outlined the five spending priorities Wales needs to be considering now – and calls for an urgent green stimulus package to help the country’s long-term recovery
● Government’s supplementary budget on Wednesday needs to signal investment that prioritises a better quality of life in the future

Green jobs for the unemployed and a multi-million pound package to decarbonise housing should be central to how Wales is reshaped in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, says the Future Generations Commissioner. 

Sophie Howe says we have  a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to reset Wales’ economy and is calling for  “visionary ideas and transformative investment” in the nation’s recovery plan. 

The commissioner has published a series of recommendations for Welsh Government as it announces its first Supplementary Budget, detailing how funding will be allocated during and after the crisis.  

The Welsh Government budget has increased by more than 10% for the current financial year – £2.4bn will be allocated to support Wales with its COVID-19 efforts. 

Ms Howe said: “The pandemic has brought incredible challenges, but how we recover gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity. 

“The budget must signal a change in direction to reset our economy and remedy past failures with bold, collaborative, inclusive thinking and political courage. 

“It needs to address health, the economy and the ongoing climate and nature crises for the sake of Wales’ long-term future. We need a new definition of prosperity, based on well-being, and a fairer, greener way of living.” 

The commissioner, whose role is to protect future generations from the political actions of today, says in a paper that ministers must now show political courage with a focus on quality of life over GDP,  as the country begins the rebuilding process while restrictions remain in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. 

More investment in the low-carbon economy is crucial, and in the short-term, Ms Howe suggests those who have lost jobs and income in the pandemic could be reskilled and employed in the green economy. 

Among her recommendations is a multi-million pound stimulus package to support the decarbonisation of Wales’ housing stock – putting money into new low-carbon affordable housing and launching a national retrofitting programme to improve energy efficiency in existing homes. 

The benefits to people’s health, the environment, the jobs created and – crucially – Wales’ housing stock, would, says Ms Howe, far outweigh the estimated cost of more than £500m a year. 

As thousands remain working from home – taking pressure off transport networks and reducing carbon emissions – the commissioner wants investment to improve digital connectivity. 

Ms Howe applauded Welsh Government’s £25m commitment to fund transport improvements for pedestrians and cyclists by local authorities across Wales, and said it must form part of a long-term plan. 

It comes as moves to pedestrianise the centre of Bristol have been unveiled as part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis. The city is also engaging residents in planning new ways to use existing spaces – with emerging ideas including the pedestrianisation of entire dual carriageways. 

Elsewhere, Milan – one of the most congested cities in Europe – is transforming 35km of streets into ‘future zones’, where people can walk and cycle safely. 

Resources should also be shifted so Wales’ natural habitats can be restored, with green corridors linking the country and more investment in the new national forest being planted. 

Such thinking, says the commissioner will not only help wildlife, but can assist flood defences and the nation’s capability to face the challenges of climate change and create jobs. 

Ms Howe wants the Government to use the Well-being of Future Generations Act legislation along with her new Future Generations Report and  10-point plan for funding the climate emergency, in its response to the crisis. 

The Future Generations Report suggests Welsh Government works with public bodies to deliver 20% tree canopy cover in every town and city in Wales by 2030. 

Ms Howe said: “Our pre-Covid 19 economy prioritised economic growth, forced many people into poverty, and in turn created an unhealthy population that is particularly susceptible to global crises such as pandemics. 

“It’s vital that the budget addresses things we can’t afford to ignore – such as the current health crisis, the economic crisis the pandemic has triggered and the ongoing climate and nature crises. 

Wales has the opportunity to lead the way with visionary ideas and transformative investment, to a future based on well-being, using our unique Well-being of Future Generations Act as a framework. 

“I’m keen to work with partners and organisations to support Welsh Government in developing a response to the crisis which allows Wales to build back better.” 

 

The Future Generations Commissioner’s five recommendations… 

1.Develop an economic stimulus package that leads to job creation and supports the decarbonisation of homes, through building new low carbon affordable housing and investing in a national programme to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes. 

2.Invest in better ways to connect and move people through improving digital connectivity, active travel and public transport.

3. Invest in skills and training to support the transition to a better future, creating new greener jobs.

4.Invest in nature and prioritise funding and support for large-scale habitat and wildlife restoration, creation and connectivity throughout Wales –including for natural flood defences, to implement the new national forest, and to ensure land use management and agriculture supports secure local food chains and distribution.

5. Invest in the industries and technologies of the future, and support for businesses that will help Wales to lead the low carbon revolution and lock wealth and jobs into local areas with investment in the foundational economy. 

To read the full statement, visit the Future Generations Commissioner’s website.

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Mae tai carbon niwtral a swyddi gwyrdd i bobl sy’n ddiwaith yn sgil y pandemig yn hanfodol ar gyfer ailosod yr economi ac ‘adeiladu nôl yn well’.
● Mae Sophie Howe wedi amlinellu’r pum blaenoriaeth gwariant sydd angen i Gymru eu hystyried yn awr – ac yn galw am becyn ysgogi gwyrdd ar frys i helpu adferiad hirdymor y wlad.
● Mae angen i gyllideb atodol y llywodraeth ar ddydd Mercher nodi buddsoddiad sy’n blaenoriaethu gwell ansawdd bywyd yn y dyfodol.

Dylai swyddi gwyrdd i’r diwaith a phecyn gwerth miliynau o bunnoedd i ddatgarboneiddio tai fod yn ganolog i’r ffordd y mae Cymru’n cael ei hail-lunio yn dilyn pandemig coronafirws, meddai Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol. 

Dywed Sophie Howe fod gennym “gyfle sy’n digwydd unwaith mewn cenhedlaeth” i ailosod economi Cymru, ac mae’n galw am “syniadau gweledigaethol a buddsoddiad trawsnewidiol yng nghynllun adfer y genedl. 

Mae’r comisiynydd wedi cyhoeddi cyfres o argymhellion ar gyfer Llywodraeth Cymru wrth iddynt gyhoeddi eu Cyllideb Atodol gyntaf, sy’n rhoi manylion am y modd y bydd cyllid yn cael ei ddyrannu yn ystod ac ar ôl yr argyfwng. 

Mae cyllideb Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cynyddu o fwy na 10% ar gyfer y flwyddyn ariannol gyfredol – dyrennir £ 2.4bn i gynorthwyo Cymru gyda’i hymdrechion COVID-19. 

Dywedodd Ms Howe: “Mae’r pandemig wedi dod â heriau anhygoel, ond mae’r modd yr ydym yn ei oresgyn yn rhoi i ni ‘gyfle sy’n digwydd unwaith mewn cenhedlaeth. 

“Rhaid i’r gyllideb nodi newid cyfeiriad i ailosod ein heconomi a datrys methiannau’r gorffennol gyda meddwl beiddgar, cydweithredol, cynhwysol, a dewrder gwleidyddol. 

“Mae angen iddi fynd i’r afael ag iechyd, yr economi ac argyfyngau parhaus yr hinsawdd a natur er mwyn dyfodol hirdymor Cymru. Mae arnom angen diffiniad newydd o ffyniant, yn seiliedig ar lesiant, a ffordd decach, wyrddach o fyw”.  

Mewn papur a ysgrifennwyd gandddi dywed y comisiynydd yn ei rôl fel amddiffynnydd cenedlaethau’r dyfodol rhag gweithredoedd gwleidyddol heddiw, bod yn rhaid i weinidogion yn awr ddangos dewrder gwleidyddol gan ganolbwyntio mwy ar ansawdd bywyd na Chynnyrch Domestig Gros, wrth i’r wlad gychwyn ar y broses ailadeiladu tra bo cyfyngiadau yn parhau yn eu lle i atal lledaeniad COVID-19. 

Mae mwy o fuddsoddiad yn yr economi carbon isel yn hanfodol, ac yn y tymor byr, mae Ms Howe yn awgrymu y gallai’r rhai sydd wedi colli swyddi ac incwm yn ystod y pandemig gael eu hailsgilio a’u cyflogi yn yr economi gwyrdd. 

Ymhlith ei hargymhellion mae’n nodi pecyn ysgogi gwerth miliynau o bunnoedd i gynorthwyo datgarboneiddio stoc dai Cymru – gan ariannu tai fforddiadwy carbon isel newydd a lansio rhaglen ôl-osod genedlaethol i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni mewn cartrefi presennol. 

Byddai’r manteision i iechyd pobl, yr amgylchedd, y swyddi sy’n cael eu creu ac – yn hollbwysig – stoc dai Cymru, meddai Ms Howe, yn gorbwyso’r gost amcangyfrifedig o fwy na £ 500m y flwyddyn. 

Wrth i filoedd barhau i weithio gartref – gan leihau’r pwysau ar rwydweithiau trafnidiaeth a lleihau allyriadau carbon – mae’r comisiynydd eisiau buddsoddiad ar gyfer gwella cysylltedd digidol. 

Cymeradwyodd Ms Howe ymrwymiad £ 25m Llywodraeth Cymru i ariannu gwelliannau trafnidiaeth i gerddwyr a beicwyr gan awdurdodau lleol ledled Cymru, a dywedodd fod yn rhaid i hyn fod yn rhan o gynllun hirdymor.  

Fe ddaw wrth i symudiadau i bedestreiddio canol Bryste gael eu datgelu fel rhan o’u hymateb i argyfwng COVID-19. Mae’r ddinas hefyd yn ennyn diddordeb preswylwyr wrth gynllunio ffyrdd newydd o ddefnyddio lleoedd sy’n bodoli eisoes – gyda syniadau sy’n dod i’r amlwg yn cynnwys pedestreiddio ffyrdd cerbydau deuol cyfan. 

Mewn mannau eraill, mae Milan – un o’r dinasoedd â’r mwyaf o dagfeydd yn Ewrop – yn trawsnewid 35km o strydoedd yn ‘barthau’r dyfodol’, lle gall pobl gerdded a beicio’n ddiogel.  

Dylid symud adnoddau hefyd fel y gellir adfer cynefinoedd naturiol Cymru, gyda choridorau gwyrdd yn cysylltu’r wlad a mwy o fuddsoddi mewn plannu’r goedwig genedlaethol newydd.  

Bydd meddwl yn y modd hwn, medd y comisiynydd, nid yn unig yn helpu bywyd gwyllt, ond yn atgyfnerthu amddiffynfeydd llifogydd a gallu’r genedl i wynebu heriau’r newid yn yr hinsawdd a chreu swyddi. 

Mae Ms Howe eisiau i’r Llywodraeth, yn eu hymateb i’r argyfwng, ddefnyddio deddfwriaeth y Ddeddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol ynghyd â’i Hadroddiad Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol newydd a’i chynllun deg pwynt ar gyfer ariannu’r argyfwng hinsawdd 

Mae’r Adroddiad Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol yn awgrymu bod Llywodraeth Cymru’n gweithio gyda chyrff cyhoeddus i gyflawni 20% o orchudd canopi coed ym mhob tref a dinas yng Nghymru erbyn 2030. 

Dywedodd Ms Howe: Roedd ein heconomi cyn COVID-19 yn blaenoriaethu twf economaidd gan orfodi llawer o bobl i dlodi, a arweiniodd yn ei dro at boblogaeth afiach sy’n arbennig o agored i argyfwng fel pandemig.  

Mae’n hollbwysig bod ein cyllideb yn mynd i’r afael â phethau na fedrwn fforddio eu hanwybyddu – megis yr argyfwng iechyd presennol, yr argyfwng economaidd a sbardunwyd gan y pandemig ac argyfwng parhaus yr hinsawdd a natur. 

Rwy’n awyddus i weithio gyda phartneriaid a sefydliadau i gynorthwyo Llywodraeth Cymru i ddatblygu ymateb i’r argyfwng a fydd yn caniatáu i Gymru ‘adeiladu nôl yn well’. 

 

Pum argymhelliad Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol… 

  1. Datblygu pecyn ysgogi economaidd sy’n arwain at greu swyddi ac sy’n cynorthwyo datgarboneiddio cartrefi, drwy adeiladu tai newydd carbon isel fforddiadwy a buddsoddi mewn rhaglen genedlaethol i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni cartrefi presennol.
  2. Buddsoddi mewn gwell dulliau o gysylltu a symud pobl, drwy wella cysylltedd digidol, teithio llesol a thrafnidiaeth gyhoeddus.
  3. Buddsoddi mewn sgiliau a hyfforddiant i gynorthwyo’r trawsnewid i well dyfodol, gan greu swyddi newydd gwyrddach. 
  4. Buddsoddi mewn natur a rhoi blaenoriaeth i ariannu a chymorth graddfa fawr i adferiad cynefinoedd a bywyd gwyllt, creu a chysylltedd ledled Gymru – yn cynnwys ar gyfer amddiffynfeydd llifogydd naturiol, gweithredu’r goedwig genedlaethol newydd a sicrhau bod rheoli defnydd tir ac amaeth yn cynorthwyo sicrhad cadwyni bwyd lleol a dosbarthu. 
  5. Buddsoddi yn niwydiannau a thechnolegau’r dyfodol, a chynorthwyo busnesau, a fydd yn helpu Cymru i arwain y chwyldro carbon isel a chloi cyfoeth a swyddi mewn ardaloedd lleol gyda buddsoddiad yn yr economi sylfaenol. 

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Future of Digital Engagement – Keeping the Conversation Going During the Lockdown and Beyond

[:en]As a result of the lockdown, we’re all stuck at home – many of us glued to our various digital devices.  For most of us, never before have we learnt to use so many new digital tools in such a short space of time.  The social isolating measures have even turned those of us (and I speak for myself here) who have previously been digital Luddites into semi-pros.  Although I’m not going out, I’ve had some great parties linking up with friends from all corners of the world.

In the past, we may have been reticent to turn to digital forms of engagement.  But now with the very quick upskilling of many in the community, is this the opportunity to effectively engage with a wider demographic digitally?

At Grasshopper Communications over the last month, we have been exploring the full range of digital engagement tools now available and how to build these into our wider campaigns, including online meetings, super surveys and virtual exhibitions.

To broaden out this dialogue and hear the experience of others, we recently hosted the ‘virtual’ Cynnal Cymru Coffee Club on the Future of Digital Engagement discussing the importance of keeping the conversation going during the lockdown, as well as exploring whether this will change the way we engage in the future.

From our involvement in the regeneration and development sector, we feel it is vital that community consultations should be able to continue (with a digital focus) to enable essential new homes and infrastructure to be built and to support the economic recovery. With this in mind, the Welsh Government has issued guidance to enable Local Planning Authorities (LPA’s) to hold Planning Committees remotely and the Royal Town Planning Institute’s recent interview with the Head of Planning in Wales demonstrates that planning services are continuing.  The Welsh Government is still reviewing the situation regarding pre-application consultation requirements.

The development sector has raised concerns around public engagement during COVID-19, particularly regarding potential negative PR and reputational implications if perceived to have limited empathy or respect for communities during the crisis.

The Cynnal Cymru discussion highlighted some innovative digital engagement case studies that have already been put into action since lockdown.  For example, Icreate, provider of CGIs and 3D flythrough animations, showcased their virtual online experience of Brentford Football Stadium.  Similarly, Arup has been using its own Virtual Engage Digital exhibition platform which allows the public to access information, view maps and drawings, watch flythroughs and share feedback.

Sustrans are equally adopting digital tools for planning active travel.  Their online community mapping toolkit allows anyone to identify perceived barriers to walking and cycling within a study area and add new routes.

Commonplace, an online engagement platform is responding to the COVID-19 emergency by offering their platform to Local Authorities and community groups to act as a central point where community views can be collected.

The issue of engagement for housing associations was discussed, and how many residents are now getting their information in different ways, with many turning to social media forums for example.  The challenge of engaging with older residents, such as those living in sheltered accommodation, was also raised as a key challenge, but one that had also presented many opportunities for the future, such as enabling access to food orders and services online.

Those ‘virtually’ attending felt that there were significant opportunities to capitalise on the benefits of the lockdown with many turning to virtual staff and client meetings, resulting in significant cost as well as carbon savings.  This surely raised many questions about the future of how we work.

The overriding opinion was that the current situation offered a chance to do things differently, with the potential of using innovative digital engagement tools in addition to traditional tools such as paper newsletters delivered to people’s homes.  In the short-term, whilst there may community sensitivities and PR challenges to consider and address during the lockdown, it was felt it is important to keep the conversation going to aid the economic recovery. If you would like to join in the debate about digital engagement, join the Digital Community Engagement group on LinkedIn.

 


 

This article has been written by Hannah Dineen, Associate Director at Grasshopper Communications as part of our weekly Cynnal Coffee Club conversations, to share learning and explore positive actions we can take forward to ensure a more resilient and sustainable future.[:]

Cynnal Cymru Update: Adapting to a New ‘Normal’

[:en]As we all adjust and adapt to a new ‘normal’, we wanted to give you an update on our plans for the coming months.

Among the challenges faced by so many at the moment, we are seeing reasons to be hopeful about the future. Precedents are being set as organisations adapt to new ways of working and members of our network are reaching out to each other to offer innovative support and help.

As things are changing rapidly, we will be sharing more regular ‘mini’ updates, in addition to our monthly newsletter, to keep you inspired and informed on the latest sustainability news, views and opportunities. You can sign up here for our free newsletter.

We are exploring new ways we can bring our networking, training and events online to continue sharing learning, challenging thinking and mobilising action.  For example, we are prioritising the creation of digital training on Carbon Literacy for housing associations, local authorities and businesses.

Next week, we are introducing a new weekly Cynnal Coffee Club to provide a shared space to capture learning and spark ideas for a more resilient Wales.

For Members, we will be setting up virtual networking, so we can continue to bring people together to share ideas and opportunities.

We’re also heartened to see so many inspiring initiatives springing up in our communities; supported by the generosity of individuals and organisations, so please let us know what is happening in your community and we will share as much as possible.

Thank you for your continued support and stay strong.

Sarah, Lynsey, Rhodri, Clare & Lois
Rainbow artwork provided by our temporary new co-worker Isla (7)
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Foundational Economy Community of Practice

During 2020-21, Cynnal Cymru has supported a community of practice for organisations receiving funding from the Welsh Government’s Foundational Economy Challenge Fund. Its aim is to share learning and innovation, build relationships and encourage collaboration.

The Challenge Fund aimed to support projects looking to try out new ways to address challenges – some emerging, some age-old – faced by foundational economy businesses or those relying on their services.

These included:

  • the recruitment, retention and skills of the workforce
  • the delivery structures and design of services
  • the recruitment, retention and skills of the workforce
  • the delivery structures and design of services

The aim was to explore a range of solutions that could potentially generate viable, adaptable models that could be scaled up and spread to strengthen local economies and community wealth-building.

Staring in 2019 with an initial 52 projects, it was always expected that some experiments would not succeed and conditions were made even more challenging by the impact of the pandemic.

A community of practice was also however put in place to help capture some of the rich learning and insights generated by all the projects taking part. The examples in the Case studies section of this site  give a flavour of the projects supported by the Fund – their successes, challenges and above all learning, about how best the foundational economy in their area or sector can be supported.

£21m for air quality improvements in Cardiff after Minister approves final plan

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Environment Minister, Lesley Griffiths has awarded Cardiff Council £21m to implement a series of measures to improve air quality after she approved its revised clean air proposals.

In February 2018, the Welsh Government instructed Cardiff Council to undertake a feasibility study to identify measures to address illegal nitrogen dioxide exceedances in the shortest possible time.

In June 2019, Cardiff Council submitted its final Plan. It proposed a package of measures including:

– a bus retrofitting programme to lower emissions,
– taxi mitigation measures,
– city centre transport improvements and;
– an active travel package making it easier for people to walk and cycle in the city centre.
– An Independent Review Panel, appointed by the Welsh Government, assessed the Plan and recommended it be accepted, albeit with a number of caveats.

Cardiff Council was asked to provide further clarity their identified package of measures was the route most likely to achieve compliance in the soonest time possible. This included a request for further evidence to justify why a charging Clean Air Zone was not a suitable option.

After full consideration and advice from the Independent Review Panel, the Minister has accepted the revised final plan. The Minister confirmed she is content Cardiff’s preferred option of non-charging measures is likely to achieve the legal requirement and deliver a marked and sustained reduction in emissions. The scheme will also provide further benefits more widely across the city centre.

Following approval of the Plan the Welsh Government will award Cardiff Council £21m to implement the air quality improvement measures included in it.

The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said:

“Improving air quality across Wales is a Welsh Government priority. I am grateful to Cardiff Council for all of the work they have undertaken during this process and their clear commitment and dedication to delivering a solution to support air quality benefits for the city.

“We will shortly confirm a funding award to meet the costs of the preferred option, and will continue to work closely with Cardiff Council on the programme of activity to ensure urgent compliance with nitrogen dioxide limit values”.

Cardiff County Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport, added:

“This is very welcome news indeed and will enable us to get to work improving air quality in the city centre, especially around Castle Street, which surveys show was most likely to breach EU pollution limits by 2021. Everyone living, working and visiting Cardiff has the right to breathe in clean air and this grant will allow us to put in place measures which will reduce pollution.

“Our team has worked hand in glove with Welsh Government to arrive at solutions we know will work quickly here in Cardiff. I want to thank Welsh Government for their input, it shows what can be done when cities and government work closely together to benefit citizens. We have stolen a march on most other major regional cities who are still developing their clean air plans.

“Air pollution on Castle Street is the symptom of a wider problem which extends far beyond this stretch of road. We may be within legal limits across the city, but the cleaner we can make the air the better it will be for everyone. Next week we will publish a 10-year vision for transport which will build on this announcement, delivering a greener city for residents and future generations.”[:]

RenewableUK Cymru welcomes EDF Renewables plans for 110MW windfarm

[:en]RenewableUK Cymru has welcomed EDF Renewables announcement of a plans to develop a wind farm called Garn Fach, south of Newtown, Powys, in partnership with 14 local farming families.

The project is likely to consist of up to 22 turbines, each producing around 5 MW. That’s 110MW capable of generating enough low carbon electricity for the domestic needs of 66,000 households*. Ahead of submitting a planning application for the wind farm at the end of 2020, EDF R has been carrying out ecological and other feasibility surveys.

Today (Thursday 9th January), EDF R is submitting an environmental scoping report to the Welsh Government and an application to Powys County Council to erect a met mast on site to gather accurate wind speed data. EDF R is committed to an annual community benefit fund for Garn Fach of £5,000 per MW, which could be around £550,000 (depending on the final capacity of the project) per year available for local causes, or £16.5 million over the 30-year lifetime of the project.

The wind farm will also have the potential for local ownership, with opportunities for local people and organisations to invest and have a stake in the project.

RenewableUK Cymru Head Rhys Wyn Jones said “It’s great to see plans announced for a project that could make a vital contribution to meeting carbon emission reduction and renewable power targets in Wales, with all the economic benefits investment that onshore wind brings to local economies as well as consumers. We’re seeing new market opportunities to bring forward onshore wind projects at different scales but to meet our net zero emissions target at lowest cost, we need to see the new UK Government set an energy strategy which supports onshore wind. New projects must be allowed to compete for UK Government-backed contracts to generate power and we need to update our planning rules so that we can use the latest technology and replace older wind farms with new turbines.  Welsh Government also has a vital role to play in ensuring the planning regime underpinning larger renewable energy developments is fit for a new decade”.

* Load factors based on the five-year rolling averages on unchanged configuration basis using Table 6.5 of ‘Digest of UK Energy Statistics’ – latest figures as per July 2019 release[:]

Cardiff is First Major Urban Area in Uk to Become a ‘Living Wage City’

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241,000, or 1 in 5 jobs in Wales still pay below the real Living Wage, which today rises to £9.30 an hour in Wales

– Cardiff becomes the first major urban area in the UK to be awarded ‘Living Wage City’ status as a result of an ambitious 3-year partnership between communities, employers and Cardiff Council to double the number of accredited Living Wage employers and lift thousands more workers out of in-work poverty

– First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce the new Living Wage for Wales of £9.30 per hour (up from £9, an increase of 30p per hour) at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay

– The Living Wage Foundation’s rate is independently calculated to reflect the increased cost of living and is £1.09p per hour more than the minimum wage (for over 25s)

– Nearly 6,000 UK businesses currently pay the voluntary real Living Wage rate; 222 of which are headquartered in Wales

– Since 2011, £32,187,495 in extra wages has gone into workers’ pockets in Wales, directly benefitting nearly 7,000 Welsh workers.

– A Living Wage worker in Wales now benefits from an average annual pay boost of nearly £2,000

Workers in Wales must earn £9.30 an hour in order to cover the cost of living, as the Living Wage Foundation today announces its new Living Wage rates.

A worker paid the £9.30 real Living Wage will get £2,000 in additional wages compared to the Government minimum of £8.21 an hour – equivalent to 9 months of a typical family’s food and drink bill.

The London and UK rates are increasing by 20p (1.9 per cent) and 30p (3.3 per cent) respectively, with the single biggest factor explaining why the UK wide rate has risen faster than the London rate being private rental costs (which increased more slowly in London). Childcare costs also rose at a faster rate UK wide compared to London. [2]

There are now more than 222 Wales based Living Wage Employers that have voluntarily gone beyond the Government to pay a real Living Wage, including Burns Pet Food, University of Wales Trinity St David, Cardiff Council and newly accredited major private sector employer Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Multiple branches of household names such as Majestic, Lush and Nationwide also pay the rate.

Dundee and Glenrothes pioneered the ‘Living Wage Places’ concept earlier this year, but Cardiff will be the first major urban area in the UK to gain the Living Wage City accolade thanks to its ambitious plan to bring many more employers up to the higher, voluntary, real Living Wage standard.  The plan was put together by a steering group chaired by the Leader of Cardiff Council with senior representatives from civil society and local employers, and by 2022 it aims to increase the number of accredited Living Wage employers based in the capital from 100 to 150, increase the number of job roles protected by accredited Living Wage employers to 48,000 (currently around 27,250), and encourage iconic Cardiff employers and ‘anchor’ organisations in Cardiff to become accredited Living Wage employers.

UK wide £1.1 billion extra has now gone into the pockets of low paid workers, with this Living Wage week seeing 210,000 workers get a payrise onto the new Living Wage rates thanks to nearly 6,000 real Living Wage employers.

Despite the good news research by IHG Markit for KPMG has demonstrated the scale of in-work poverty challenge in Wales, with 241,000 jobs (or 21%) of all jobs in Wales still paying less than the real Living Wage.

 

Professor Rachel Ashworth, Dean of Cardiff Business School and Chair of the Living Wage for Wales Leadership Team, said:

“We are delighted that Cardiff has achieved ‘Living Wage City’ status – and it is testament to the hard work and commitment of Cardiff Council and the team of employers including, I am proud to say my own employer, Cardiff University, who helped to devise the application that we are leading the way.  Becoming a ‘Living Wage City’ is not about ticking the boxes, it is about implementing a plan to lift thousands of local workers out of in-work poverty over the next three years.  We cannot do this on our own – and so I encourage any employer based in the capital to join us, become an accredited Living Wage employer, and help us make Cardiff a Living Wage City.”

 

El Bashir Idris, a Leader with Citizens Cymru, which leads the Living Wage campaign in Wales, said:

“It is easy to think of Cardiff as a prosperous place, but all along the southern arc of the city are communities like mine, in Butetown, where almost half of the children grow up in poverty.  Young people like me are told that if we study hard and work hard then we’ll find a good job – but one in five jobs in Cardiff pay less than the Real Living Wage.  That is why the strategy to make Cardiff a Living Wage City is so important, and why Citizens Cymru Wales will be organising low-paid workers and their families so that they are able to influence the Living Wage City plan and ensure it raises the wages of those who really need it.”

 

Cynnal Cymru Director, Mari Arthur said: 

“Since Cynnal Cymru have managed the accreditation process in Wales we have seen a significant increase in accreditation, and whilst we celebrate those employers that have recognised the valuable contribution their employees bring to their organisations, there are still too many people being paid poverty wages in Wales. We look forward to raising awareness of the value and benefits of the Real Living Wage this week and encourage all employers to consider joining the 222 Living Wage accredited employers in Wales.” 

 

Chief Executive of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Chris Jones, said:

“Our people are our greatest asset and best ambassadors, so ensuring they are paid fairly is at the heart of our not-for-profit approach – so we are proud to support the Living Wage Foundation in this mission. 

“As one of Wales’s biggest employers, we want to play an active, positive role in the communities we serve – and promoting fair working practices is key to achieving this. This benefits our people, and also helps realise our vision of earning the trust of customers, every day.” 

 

Chris Nott, Senior Partner, Capital Law Ltd said:

“The Living Wage isn’t just a human right, it’s also good for business. What successful businesses have in common is happy, collegiate committed workforces, who enjoy coming to work – the starting point for this is to pay them properly. We’ve enjoyed working with Cardiff council, Citizens Cymru, Cynnal Cymru and other prominent employers in the region to champion this vision, understand the local low pay challenges, and set out a plan to address them. Now that Cardiff has officially been awarded ‘Living Wage City’ status, I look forward to seeing the number of companies paying the living wage continue to increase. It’s a marginal difference for employers, that can have big benefits for their employees and business alike.”

 

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation Director, said:   

“Today’s new Living Wage rates will provide a welcome pay boost for thousands of workers throughout Wales. We are also delighted at the ambition of Cardiff to build a Living Wage city, with Cardiff planning to double the number of workers getting the real Living Wage to nearly 50,000, freeing many more families from the low pay trap. We hope to see many more towns and cities follow suit.” [:cy]

Mae 241,000, neu 1 o bob 5 swydd yng Ngymru, yn dal i dalu llai na’r Cyflog Byw go-iawn, sydd heddiw yn codi i  £9.30 yr awr yma yng Nghymru

 

– Caerdydd yw’r ardal drefol fawr gyntaf yn y DU i ennill statws ‘Dinas Cyflog Byw’ o ganlyniad i bartneriaeth uchegeisiol, 3-blynedd o hyd, rhwng cymunedau, cyflogwyr a Chyngor Caerdydd i ddyblu’r nifer o gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig, a chodi miloedd rhagor o weithwyr allan o dlodi mewn gwaith.

– Bydd y Prif Weinidog, Mark Drakeford, yn cyhoeddi’r Cyflog Byw newydd yng Nghymru, sef £9.30 yr awr, (o £9, cynnydd o 30c yr awr) yn Adeilad y Pierhead ym Mae Caerdydd.

– Mae cyfradd y Living Wage Foundation wedi’i gyfrifo’n annibynnol i adlewyrchu’r costau byw cynyddol, ac mae’n £1.09 yr awr yn uwch na’r isafswm cyflog (i’r rhai dros 25 oed).

– Mae bron 6,00 o fusnesau yn y DU yn talu, yn wirfoddol, y gyfradd Cyflog Byw go-iawn, ac mae 222 ohonynt a’u pencadlys yma yng Nghymru.

– Ers 2011, mae £32,187,495 o gyflog ychwanegol wedi dod i bocedi gweithwyr yng Nghymru, gan olygu bod bron 7,000 o weithwyr Cymru ar eu hennill.

– Erbyn hyn mae gweithiwr Cyflog Byw yng Nghymru yn ennill cyflog ychwanegol sydd, ar gyfartaledd, dros £2,000 yn uwch nag o’r blaen.

– Rhaid i weithwyr Cymru ennill £9.30 yr awr er mwyn dod i ben â chostau byw, wrth i’r Living Wage Foundation gyhoeddi heddiw ei gyfraddau Cyflog Byw newydd.

 

Bydd gweithiwr sy’n derbyn y Cyflog Byw go-iawn o £9.30 yn ennill cflog ychwanegol o £2,000 o’i gymharu ag isafswm y llywodraeth, sef £8.21 yr awr – mae hyn yn gyfartal â 9 mis o fil bwyd a diod teulu arferol.

Mae cyfraddau Llundain a’r DU yn cynyddu o 20c (1.9 y cant) a 30c (3.3 y cant) yn eu tro, a’r un ffactor mwyaf sy’n esbonio’r rheswm pam fod cyfradd y DU wedi codi’n uwch na chyfradd Llundain yw costau rhentu preifat (sydd wedi cynyddu yn arafach yn Llundain). Hefyd, mae costau gofal plant wedi codi yn gyflymach ar draws y DU o’u cymharu â Llundain.  [2]

Erbyn hyn, mae dros 222 Cyflogwr Cyflog Byw wedi’u lleoli yng Nghymru ac mae’r rhain, o’u gwirfodd, wedi mynd cam ymhellach na Llywodraeth y DU, ac yn talu Cyflog Byw go-iawn; mae’r rhain yn cynnwys Burns Pet Food, Prifysgol Cymru y Drindod Dewi Sant, Cyngor Caerdydd a chyflogwr mawr y sector preifat, sydd newydd ei achredu, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water. Mae canghennau lu o enwau bob dydd megis Majestic, Lush a Nationwide hefyd yn talu’r gyfradd.

Yn Dundee a Glenrothes, yn gynharach eleni, y sefydlwyd y cysyniad o ‘Lefydd Cyflog Byw’, ond Caerdydd fydd yr ardal drefol fawr gyntaf yn y DU i ennill yr anrhydedd o fod yn Ddinas Cyflog Byw, diolch i’w gynllun uchelgeisiol i godi llawer mwy o weithwyr i safon gwirfoddol, uwch, go-iawn y Cyflog Byw. Lluniwyd y cynllun gan grŵp llywio o dan gadeiryddiaeth Arweinydd Cyngor Caerdydd a sy’n cynnwys uwch gynrychiolwyr y gymdeithas sifil a chyflogwyr lleol, ac erbyn 2022 mae’n anelu at gynyddu’r nifer o gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig a leolir yn y brifddinas o 100 i 150, i gynyddu’r nifer o swyddi a amdiffynir gan gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig i 48,000 (ar hyn o bryd tua 27,250 yw’r cyfanswm) ac annog cyflogwyr eiconig Caerdydd a’r sefydliadau ‘angor’ yng Nghaerdydd i fod yn gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw achrededig.

Erbyn hyn ar draws y DU mae £1.1 biliwn ychwanegol wedi mynd i bocedi gweithwyr cyflog-isel, ac mae’r wythnos Cyflog Byw hon yn gweld 210,00 o weithwyr yn derbyn codiad cyflog i gyfraddau Cyflog Byw newydd, diolch i bron i 6,000 o gyflogwyr Cyflog Byw go-iawn.

Er gwaetha’r newyddion da, mae ymchwil a wnaethpwyd gan IHG Markit ar ran KPMG wedi dangos maint yr her tlodi mewn gwaith yng Nghymru, gyda 241,000 (neu 21%) o’r holl swyddi yng Nghymru yn talu llai na’r Cyflog Byw go-iawn.

Dyma ddywedodd yr Athro Rachel Ashworth, Deon Ysgol Fusnes Caerdydd a Chadeirydd Tîm Arwain Cyflog Byw i Gymru:

“Rydym wrth ein boddau bod Caerdydd wedi ennill statws ‘Dinas Cyflog Byw’ – a diolch i waith caled ac ymroddiad Cyngor Caerdydd a’r tîm o gyflogwyr gan gynnwys, rwy’n falch i ddweud, fy nghyflogwr innau, Prifysgol Caerdydd, sydd wedi heplu i lunio’r cais ‘rydym yn arwain y ffordd. Nid mater o dicio blychau yw bod yn ‘Ddinas Cyflog Byw’ – mae’n golygu gweithredu cynllun i godi miloedd o weithwyr lleol allan o dlodi mewn gwaith dros y tair blynedd nesaf. Ni allwn wneud hyn ar ein pennau’n hunain – felly rwyf am annog unrhyw gyflogwr sydd wedi’i leoli yn y brifddinas i ymuno â ni, i fod yn gyflogwr Cyflog Byw achrededig, a’n helpu ni i wneud Caerdydd yn Ddinas Cyflog Byw”.

 

A dyma a ddywedodd El Bashir Idris, un o Arweinyddion Citizens Cymru, y mudiad sy’n arwain yr ymgyrch Cyflog Byw yng Nghymru:

“Mae’n hawdd meddwl am Gaerdydd fel lle ffyniannus ond, ar hyd ardaloedd deheuol y ddinas fe ddewch ar draws cymunedau fel fy nghymuned i, sef Butetown, lle y mae bron hanner y plant yn tyfu i fyny mewn tlodi. Mae bobl ifanc fel fi yn cael eu cynghori i astudio’n galed a gweithio’n galed, a byddwn yn dod o hyd i swydd dda – ond mae un o bob pump swydd yng Nghaerdydd yn talu llai na’r Cyflog Byw Go-iawn. Dyna’r rheswm y mae’r strategaeth i wneud Caerdydd yn Ddinas Cyflog Byw mor bwysig, a’r rheswm y bydd Citizens Cymru Wales yn trefnu gweithwyr cyflog-isel a’u teuluoedd fel eu bod yn gallu dylanwadu ar y cynllun Dinas Cyflog Byw, a sicrhau ei fod yn codi cyflog y bobl hynny sydd wir ei angen”.

 

Dyma oedd gan Mari Arthur, Cyfarwyddwr Cynnal Cymru, i’w ddweud:

“Ers bod Cynnal Cymru wedi bod yn rheoli’r broses achredu yng Nghymru ‘rydym wedi gweld cynnydd sylweddol mewn achredu a, tra ein bod yn dathlu’r cyflogwyr hynny sydd wedi cydnabod y cyfraniad gwerthfawr y mae eu cyflogai yn gwneud i’w sefydliadau, mae dal gormod o bobl yn derbyn cyflog tlodi yng Nghymru. Edrychwn ymlaen yr wythnos hon at godi ymwybyddiaeth o werth a buddion y Cyflog Byw Go-iawn, ac ‘rydym am annog pob cyflogwr i ystyried ymuno â’r 222 cyflogwr achrededig Cyflog Byw yng Nghymru”.

 

Dywedodd Chris Jones, Prif Weithredwr Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water:

“Ein gweithlu ni yw ein hased mwyaf a’n llysgenhadon gorau, felly mae sicrhau eu bod yn derbyn cyflog teg wrth wraidd ein dull dielw – felly, ‘rydym yn falch i gefnogi’r Living Wage Foundation yn ei genhadaeth.

Fel un o gyflogwyr mwyaf Cymru, ‘rydym am chwarae rhan weithredol, gadarnhaol yn y cymunedau ‘rydym yn eu gwasanaethu – ac mae hyrwyddo arfer gwaith teg yn allweddol os ‘rydym am wireddu hyn. Mae hyn o fudd i’n gweithlu, ac mae hefyd yn helpu ni i wireddu’n gweledigaeth o ennill ymddiriedaeth ein cwsmeriaid, a hynny’n feunyddiol”.

 

Dyma oedd gan Katherine Chapman, Cyfarwyddwr y Living Wage Foundation i’w ddweud:

“Bydd y cyfraddau Cyflog Byw newydd a gyhoeddir heddiw yn rhoi hwb i gyflogau miloedd o weithwyr ledled Cymru, ac mae hyn i’w groesawu. ‘Rydym hefyd mor falch o uchelgais Caerdydd i adeiladu dinas Cyflog Byw, a bod Caerdydd yn cynllunio i ddyblu, i bron 50,000, y nifer o weithwyr sy’n derbyn Cyflog Byw go-iawn, gan ryddhau llawer mwy o deuuoedd o fagl cyflog isel. Ein gobaith ni yw y byddwn yn gweld llawer mwy o drefi a dinasoedd yn efelychu’r fenter hon.”[:]

Sustainable Academy Awards 2019 shortlist announced

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We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Sustainable Academy Awards – celebrating sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership from across Wales. 24 finalists across eight categories have been chosen by our expert judging panel to go through to the public vote.

The Awards recognise the amazing people, projects and initiatives that are contributing towards the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act.

Our judging panel included Rhodri Thomas, Cynnal Cymru; Rhys Jones, Renewable UK; Angharad Davies on behalf of EDF Energy; Nia Lloyd, Keep Wales Tidy; Ruth Marks, WCVA; David Brown ARUP and Petranka Maleva, Future Generations Commissioners Office.

The judges were particularly looking for projects and initiatives that clearly delivered on the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations Act as well as looking for examples that captured the imagination by going above and beyond.

Public Vote is now open!

Now it is over to you the public to help decide who will be this years winners. The public vote will count towards 60% of the overall score and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 28 November.

We hope you will be inspired by by our 24 finalists and please take the time to vote for your favourites in each category.

You can vote for your favourites until Wednesday 06 November.

 

Outstanding Renewable Energy – Sponsored by Welsh Government

  • BCB International Ltd – FIREDRAGON as a sustainable Ethanol based solid fuel
  • Innogy – Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm
  • Egni Coop – Community owned solar

Outstanding Social Enterprise

  • Credu Charity Ltd – SeaQuest Coastal Science and Education Programme
  • Greenstream Flooring
  • RCMA Social Enterprise – Real Food! Real Life!

Sustainable Business

  • The Digital Pattern Library – accessible, sustainable fashion for all
  • Dyfi Distillery – Bringing gin production close to home
  • Oseng-Rees reflection – artisan interiors and architectural installations

Sustainable Community – Sponsored EDF

  • Sustainable Community at Cardiff Met University
  • Under the Bridge – Milford Youth Matters
  • Recycle4charity – Pembrokeshire Care, Share and Give

Sustainable Education or Training

  • Black Mountains Land Use Partnership – Mountain and Moorland Ambassadors
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency – Our Future’s People
  • Size of Wales & WCIA – MockCOP

Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain – Sponsored ARUP

  • ARIA Bridal – Designing in sustainability from the start
  • Aberystwyth University – BEACON More taste, less salt, healthier lives
  • WRAP Cymru – Public Sector Sustainable Procurement Project

Sustainable Venue or Space – Sponsored by CECA Wales

  • Newydd Housing Association / Eggseeds -The Solar Powered Bench
  • LINC Cymru – Growing Green Spaces
  • SPECIFIC, Swansea University / BIPVco – Active Buildings

Sustainability Champion

  • Rachel Roberts
  • Meleri Davies
  • Paul Allen

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SBE19 – Sustainable Built Environment Conference

The conference topics allowed delegates to increase their knowledge and skills related to climate change policies and actions, building design, renovation and retrofit issues and the performance of buildings and materials.

The conference included a series of key note speaker presentations, break-out sessions, workshops, a climate change round table debate and limited number of ‘on location’ visits demonstrating best practice.

About the SBE series

The conference was part of the International Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Conference series established in 2000. The series operates on a three year cycle starting with a year of planning, followed by a year of national or regional conferences culminating in a single global event in year three. The series places a core emphasis on peer-reviewed papers, presentations of regional policy papers, displays of pre-evaluated projects and a small number of high-quality commercial exhibits. These events also provide fast-track inclusion of the best technical papers from national/regional conferences into the global event, as well as registration policies designed to encourage the attendance of students and delegates from developing countries.

In 2016 20 national/regional conferences took place with the World SBE17 held in Hong Kong in June 2017. In all of these conferences, one or more local research-based organisations took on the financial and organizational responsibility while the international series owners, CIB, iiSBE, FIDIC and UN Environment provided organisational advice and used their networks to ensure a large multi-disciplinary audience for the events.

Roll out the green carpet: Wales’ Sustainable Academy Awards are back!

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A newly established awards ceremony celebrating Wales’ burgeoning sustainability and green energy sectors is back for its second year, Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru have announced.

After the success of the inaugural event last year, the two organisations confirmed that the event will be now be an annual celebration of the excellent work being done by people and organisations across Wales. It will be held again at Principality Stadium, the low carbon home of Welsh Rugby,  on Thursday November 28th, 2019.

The Sustainable Academy is an exciting new initiative, founded by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to bring together expertise from across the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales. The awards, which span community, public and private sectors, celebrate sustainability and low carbon energy excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales; all the more relevant within the backdrop of a climate emergency.

Wales & West Utilities has confirmed it will resume its headline sponsorship of the event with Welsh Government and EDF renewable also returning as category sponsors.

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said:

“The Awards are my favourite event each year as we celebrate the voluntary commitments of community groups, individuals that champion initiatives through their own passion, and organisations that have made corporate decisions to do things better! Each and every finalist is delivering the Well-being of Future Generations and Environment Acts, from the ground up”.

 

Rhys Jones, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, said:

“How we deal with averting climate change comes down to taking affirmative action right here in Wales. The quality and level of interest we’ve seen in this event from the get-go shows that individuals, communities and businesses across Wales are mainstreaming sustainability as never before, and in ways which deliver significant direct and indirect benefits. As for the venue, it’s used to hosting world-leading acts so no doubt our award winners should feel right at home!” 

 

The nine categories are:

Sustainability Champion
Outstanding Renewable Energy Project
Sustainable Space
Sustainable Business
Sustainable Innovation in the Public Sector
Sustainable Community
Innovation in Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain
Outstanding Social Enterprise
Sustainable Education or Training

Further information about entry criteria is on the Sustainable Academy Awards website:  www.sustainableacademy.wales, together with details of how to enter.  Entries should be submitted by midnight on Sunday 15 September. Three entries per category will be shortlisted to be put to the public vote. These votes will be added to the results from a panel of independent judges to decide the winners. The judges’ decision is final. Shortlisted entries will be informed shortly after the closing date and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 29 November 2018 in the Principality Stadium.

There are still opportunities to sponsor categories and various aspects of the event. To find out more details about what is available, please contact Lynsey Jackson on 029 2043 1746 or email lynsey@cynnalcymru.com

 


 

About Renewable UK Cymru

Renewable UK Cymru is a membership organisation promoting clean energy and sustainable infrastructure.  We make our members more successful, reduce barriers for community energy projects and engage with the public, Welsh Government and stakeholders.

 

About Cynnal Cymru

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for Sustainable Development in Wales. Our mission is to make Wales a low carbon, resource efficient, healthy, just and prosperous society, thriving in balance with the natural ecosystems that support it. We facilitate the talent, skills and innovation of our people through our consultancy services, our events and training. We enable individuals, organisations and businesses in Wales to deliver measurable change and become leaders and pioneers for a better world.[:]

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