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Justice

Democracy is in crisis in Wales. Public bodies are unrepresentative of the people they serve and too few people have a say in the decisions that affect them. We want to ensure everyone has a voice in important decisions, and that democracy and civil society are thriving.

Why it matters

Every minute of the day, public, private and third sector bodies make decisions which have a direct impact on people’s lives. The people they most affect are often absent from the process.

  • In the May 2017 local elections just 4 out of 10 people voted

  • In local elections, in 1 in 13 seats there was only one candidate

  • In the general population 90% do not get involved in council business

Changes such as City Deals and the reform of local government mean decisions are becoming even more remote from ordinary people.

People struggle to challenge decisions that they are unhappy with, because the process for appealing or complaining are hard to access and difficult to understand.

In civil society, third sector organisations face questions about accountability and public trust and confidence.

Our aim

We want everyone to have a strong voice in the decisions that affect them.  We want public institutions that reflect Wales’ diverse population. And we want people from all walks of life actively involved in social movements and civil society. When people are unhappy with decisions, we want them to have access to justice.

What we will do

We are working on proposals to strengthen democracy and justice so that ordinary people can influence the decisions that affect them.  This will include:

  • A vibrant local democracy in which people have their say and institutions listen
  • Rights and redress when things go wrong
  • A thriving civil society

We will seek external funding to deliver this programme, although where essential we will use our reserves to ensure that the voices of ordinary people are not ignored in major debates.

We are also working to influence the future UK immigration policy post-Brexit and on improving social integration in Welsh communities.

 What we’ve already done

Our ideas are already making a difference with The Big Lottery in Wales currently acting on our findings about ‘doing good’.

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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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Events

May 7th 2019

Briefing: Solutions to Holiday Hunger

Lunch Briefing: Solutions to Holiday Hunger Tuesday 7th May 2019 12:15-13:15 Media Briefing Room, Senedd, Cardiff, CF99 1NA Kindly sponsored by John Griffiths AM The Bevan Foundation is delighted to invite you to the launch of its report “Solutions to Read more »

May 10th 2019

Film Screening and Director Q&A: A Northern Soul

The Bevan Foundation is delighted to invite you to a screening of the A Northern Soul, a film by BAFTA nominated documentarian Sean McAllister (A Syrian Love Story). Date: 10th May 2019 Time: Evening (exact time tbc) Venue: Redhouse, Old Town Hall, High Street, Read more »