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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.

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In Print

Subscribers' Magazine

Exchange – Issue 8

Looking to the Local The latest edition of our exclusive subscribers’ magazine considers the role of ‘the local’ in Welsh public policy. An eclectic mix of contributors look at how place-based initiatives have worked in Wales, as well as what should be Read more »

Exchange – Issue 7

‘Resilient communities’ is a phrase that’s been hard to avoid in recent months and is central to the discussions about the future of Communities First.  Great though it sounds, it is much less clear what resilience means or how it Read more »

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Other Publications

Taking the Valleys Forward

Taking the Valleys Forward: how the Valleys Taskforce can build prosperity and security This short paper brings together some of the Bevan Foundation’s recent work on the economy and labour market into a set of proposals for that would help Read more »

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