Egino research shows that Wales is a winner from EU membership.
The experience has not been without its challenges, but these have been far outweighed by the benefits.
The big numbers are impressive: £9 billion from EU Structural Funds and the Common Agricultural Policy between 2000 and 2013 alone – and even more from funds supporting learning, technology, cross-territorial cooperation, infrastructural upgrades and more.
In cash terms every woman, man and child has gained more than s/he has contributed, as shown by Egino research for Jill Evans MEP – a net gain of €1,768 each over the period we examined.
Poverty is a growing problem. Already around 1 in 6 people in the UK live in poverty and it’s getting worse: In 6 years’ time, the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts that 1 in 4 adults will live in poverty, and 1 in 3 children. With resources to tackle poverty getting ever more scarce its essential that the resources that are available are used in as smart a way as possible. That means that they need to be based on accurate information and be as joined up as possible.