Cost of Living
- This consultation has completed. It ran from Wednesday, 6 April 2022 to Monday, 16 May 2022
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Response to the consultation
Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation
- CoL01 - The Chartered Institute of Building PDF 2 MB
- CoL02 - Federation Small Businesses Wales PDF 760 KB View as HTML (2) 41 KB
- CoL03 - National Energy Action Cymru PDF 212 KB
- CoL04 - National Farmers Union Cymru PDF 258 KB View as HTML (4) 36 KB
- CoL05 - Welsh Local Government Association PDF 197 KB View as HTML (5) 33 KB
- CoL06 - Public Health Wales PDF 304 KB
- CoL07 - Chwarae Teg PDF 737 KB View as HTML (7) 50 KB
- CoL08 - The Bevan Foundation PDF 423 KB View as HTML (8) 39 KB
- CoL09 - Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales PDF 339 KB
- CoL10 - Barnardo’s Cymru PDF 245 KB
- CoL11 - ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely) PDF 422 KB View as HTML (11) 33 KB
- CoL12 - Home-Start Cymru PDF 301 KB
- CoL13 - Welsh Women's Aid PDF 744 KB View as HTML (13) 29 KB
- CoL14 - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) PDF 535 KB
- CoL15 - Age Cymru PDF 224 KB
- CoL16 - Sport Wales PDF 254 KB
- CoL17 - Diabetes UK PDF 670 KB View as HTML (17) 27 KB
Purpose of the consultation
The Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee is gathering views on the economic and rural impact of cost of living pressures. This inquiry seeks to build on the work being undertaken or planned by other Senedd Committees around cost of living, including on fuel poverty, decarbonisation of housing, debt, and mental health inequalities.
Purpose of the Consultation
Rising energy prices, tax increases and falling real wages have led the Resolution Foundation to term 2022 as the ‘year of the squeeze’, with disposable household income set to see its largest fall since the Office for National Statistics started keeping records.
The energy “price cap” for households increased by 54% on 1 April, and is expected to see a further rise later this year. Rural areas have the highest domestic energy prices in Wales, partly explained by the higher costs faced by off-grid households.
Estimates from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research show that the poorest households in Wales are likely to be hit hardest by cost of living pressures, as they spend much more of their income on energy and food.
How to share your views
The Committee would welcome your views on any or all of the issues covered in the terms of reference, and in particular on the following questions:
>>> What are the likely economic impacts of the cost of living crunch?
>>> How are cost of living pressures affecting the workforce, and how are different groups within the workforce being affected?
>>> How are cost of living challenges impacting upon businesses and economic sectors, and how are businesses responding to these?
>>> How are rural communities being affected by the cost of living crunch, and to what extent are the pressures they face different to urban areas?
>>> How effective are the support measures that the Welsh and UK governments have put in place, and what further support might be needed over the coming months?
The deadline for submissions to this inquiry is Monday 16 May 2022
For clarity, there is no designated form for submissions. To share your views electronically, please send to SeneddEconomy@Senedd.Wales, or by post to Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee, Welsh Parliament, Cardiff, CF99 1SN
If you have any questions or would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Providing Written Evidence
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Disclosure of information
Please ensure that you have considered the Senedd’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.
Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:
Economy, Trade, and Rural Affairs Committee
Telephone: 0300 200 6565