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Economy & work

The challenges for Wales’s economy and employment are to generate growth that benefits everyone and eradicate worklessness, low pay and inequality.


 Why it matters

The economy and labour market are beset by low employment,  below average wages, and a lack of innovation and growth. With few signs of growth ahead, the challenge is not only to build a strong and resilient economy and labour market, but also one that is fair and benefits everyone.

What we are doing

We are developing proposals to improve the economy and labour market – recent projects include:

New business models – the potential of co-operatives

We have profiled the wider importance of co-operatives as well as highlighting, with the Wales Co-operative Centre, the contribution of co-operatives to the Welsh economy and labour market and the potential of community co-operatives.

Living Wage

Our participation in the Living Wage Commission identified the potential of the Living Wage to improve the standard of living of hundreds of thousands of employees in Wales.


In Print

Members' Magazine

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Review 26

Review no. 26 features some challenging articles on public service reform, local democracy and engaging with people – public bodies in Wales sadly have a long way to go. We also take a look at the relationship between work and health, reveal the perverse impact Read more »

Review 25

The Spring 2014 issue of Review is packed with all of the latest news from the Bevan Foundation. It features an article on Human Rights and Devolution by Wayne David. An article on how local communities work together to support others Read more »

Other Publications

Community-based approaches to tackling poverty

The Bevan Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation have jointly submitted evidence to the fourth strand of the National Assembly for Wales’s Communities, Equality and Local Goverment Committee’s Inquiry into Poverty. The evidence draws on recent research undertaken by both organisations. Read more »

Child Poverty Strategy – response to Welsh Government

The Bevan Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation have submitted a joint response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on its Child Poverty Strategy. The response addresses the questions asked in the consultation, including: whether the goal of eradicating child poverty by Read more »

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