Wales Centre for Public Policy

Wales Centre for Public Policy

By Wales Centre for Public Policy
Welcome to PEP Talk - a podcast from the Wales Centre for Public Policy where we talk about policy, evidence and practice in Wales.

Each episode we’ll tackle 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.
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Episode 1: Youth Homelessness

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Episode 5: Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation during Lockdown
In this special lockdown version of PEP Talk, Dr Hannah Durrant talks to Professor Julie Barnett about loneliness and social isolation during the Coronavirus lockdown, and the role of technology in alleviating those experiences. You can read our report on Loneliness in the Lockdown on our website by visiting: https://www.wcpp.org.uk/publication/loneliness-in-the-lockdown/ Guest: Julie Barnett – Professor of Health Psychology, University of Bath.
22:37
May 29, 2020
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. You can read our report on the value of trade unions in Wales on our website by visiting: https://www.wcpp.org.uk/publication/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 Dr Craig Johnson - Research Associate at the Wales Centre for Public Policy 
23:59
January 22, 2020
Episode 3: Gender Equality
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. You can read more about our work on gender budgeting and learning from Nordic nations at www.wcpp.org.uk/project/gender-equality-in-wales/. You can read the Gender Equality review in full on Chwarae Teg's website: www.chwaraeteg.com/projects/gender-equality-review/ 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 Magnus Jacobson - Gender expert and Communication Strategist at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)
35:55
October 24, 2019
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. You can read more about our work on council tax debt by visiting www.wcpp.org.uk/project/alternatives-to-prosecuting-vulnerable-debtors/ 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 Lee Phillips - Wales Manager, Money and Pensions Advice Service
51:49
September 18, 2019
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. You can read more about our work on youth homelessness by visiting www.wcpp.org.uk/project/youth-homelessness-prevention-pathways/ Guests: Frances Beecher - Chief Executive Officer of Llamau Jonathan Webb - Former Research Officer at the Wales Centre for Public Policy 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 Additional information: If you, or anyone you know, is affected by youth homelessness you can call the Youth Homeless Helpline on 0800 3280292. It provides vital out-of-hours support for young people who find themselves without a safe place to spend the night. It is open through the night and on weekends. *This episode of PEP talk was recorded in November 2018, before the change of government, and new First Minister of Wales.*
47:45
July 26, 2019
PEP Talk - Trailer
 PEP Talk, a new podcast coming soon from the Wales Centre for Public Policy, will explore policy, evidence and practice in Wales. 
00:44
July 9, 2019