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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

Supporter Magazine

Exchange Issue 10, Spring 2018

“Refreshing, timely and balanced – Exchange has its finger on the pulse” The latest edition of our exclusive supporters’ magazine brings together a range of contributors to explore some of the most current and important issues in Welsh public life. Read more »

Exchange – Issue 9

Well-being in Wales The latest edition of our exclusive supporters’ magazine looks at well-being in Wales from a range of different perspectives. Our excellent range of contributors looks at health and social care in Wales while considering different aspects of Read more »

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Other Publications

The Future of Doing Good in Wales

Wales is at a crossroads. Many people and organisations face very real social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges, as well as having to cope with significant political and financial uncertainty. To stimulate discussion about these changes, the Big Lottery Fund has been looking across Read more »

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Events

March 15th 2018

What is to be done about Universal Credit?

Universal Credit is the biggest shake-up in social security in a generation. With more than 400,000 households in Wales expected to be claiming Universal Credit by 2022, it is vital to find out how it operates and how it could Read more »