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Many thousands of people in Wales are unable to make the most of their talents because of who they are or where they live. Ill-health, lack of skills and fragmented communities take a terrible toll on people’s lives.

We’re determined that everyone should enjoy a ‘good life’, no matter what their characteristics are, so that they can flourish and fulfill their potential.

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Why it matters

Income, gender, ethnicity, disability and age have a profound impact on people’s chances and literally waste lives:

  • A child who receives Free School Meals is half as likely to get five good GCSEs as children from better off homes

  • A man from the most deprived areas of Wales has 18 fewer years of life in good health  than someone from the least deprived areas.

  • Community tensions mean that one in five people from an ethnic or religious minority has experienced harassment or abuse recently.

There are few signs that things are getting better and some signs that they’re getting worse.

Our aim

We want everyone to have the chance of a ‘good life’, no matter who they are or where they live.  Our ambition is to close the gap in opportunities for children and young people from low-income families, reduce the burden of ill-health in deprived areas and improve community relationships across Wales.

What we’re doing

We’re striving to understand the root causes of inequality, to develop practical solutions and to persuade decision-makers, practitioners and people experiencing poverty to take action.

Our recent and current projects include:

Other projects are in the pipeline waiting for funding.

What we’ve already done

Our solutions create lasting change.

  • We’ve helped to close the attainment gap at GCSE level

  • We’ve helped change the way people are supported to quit smoking

  • We’ve helped set the EHRC’s equalities agenda

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In Print

Supporter Magazine

Exchange Issue 12, Winter 2018

Wales’ best policy and politics magazine! The latest edition of Exchange, Wales’ best policy and politics magazine that is exclusively for supporters of the Bevan Foundation brings together a fantastic range of contributors that delve into some of the most Read more »

Exchange Issue 11, Summer 2018

The magazine with 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. New free extract for Read more »

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Other Publications

Human Rights, Equality and Well-being

Following from the last two briefings on incorporation of human rights and accountability and enforcement of human rights, the last in the series discusses the relationship between human rights, equality and well-being. Throughout February the Bevan Foundation has published three Read more »

Human Rights: Accountability and Enforcement

Following last week’s briefing on incorporation of human rights into Welsh law, Dr Simon Hoffman explains how incorporation supports accountability for, and enforcement of human rights. Last week, Associate Professor at Swansea University, Dr Simon Hoffman, discussed incorporation of international Read more »

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April 2nd 2019

Seminar: Where next for social rent?

This seminar with Shelter Cymru will explore the issue of affordability and outline alternative approaches to social rent-setting, drawing on examples from Wales and elsewhere in the UK.