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Prosperity

Nearly 1 in 4 people in Wales is struggling to make ends meet because their income is too low.

We believe everyone should be able to have a decent standard of living. People should be able to meet their basic needs of adequate shelter, food and warmth, and also enjoy the things and activities that many of us take for granted.

Why it matters

Poverty casts a long shadow over people’s lives. It affects educational attainment, employment prospects, health, relationships and life expectancy to name but a few. Dealing with poverty costs the Welsh public purse around £3.6 billion a year – a fifth of all public spending.

Poverty has remained stubbornly high for many years and there are signs it’s on the rise: pensioner poverty has already gone up, and child poverty is forecast to reach nearly 40% by 2021. Looking ahead:

  • In the next 6 months another 43,000 families will be forced to get help from food banks

  • 300,000 families face two more years of frozen benefits while prices rise

  • Each year, 22,000 more children will fall into poverty

Our aim

Our ambition is that more people in Wales want to solve poverty, understand it and take action.  By 2030, we want the rate of poverty to fall to 10% of the population and to make sure that nobody is ever destitute.

What we’re doing

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

Our recent and current projects include:

What we’ve already done

Our solutions are already creating change.

  • We’ve put prosperity on the Welsh agenda.

  • We’ve secured growth hubs in the Valleys.

  • Our recommendations for new Welsh taxes are currently being considered by the Welsh Government.

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In Print

Supporter Magazine

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 »

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 »

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Other Publications

After Brexit: The role of higher education

How should Wales’ universities respond to a post-Brexit Wales? This think piece sets out some ideas. Brexit has potentially deep and far-reaching effects for many organisations, including Wales’ universities. As well as the immediate impacts on staff, students, funding and Read more »

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Events

November 8th 2018

The New Working Class with Claire Ainsley

Thought-leader talks Claire Ainsley, Executive Director of the Bevan Foundation talks about her ground-breaking book The New Working Class: how to win hearts, minds and votes The majority of people in the UK identify as working class, yet no political party Read more »

November 15th 2018

Annual Supporter Network with Dr Kate Allatt

Supporter Network Our supporters and their friends, families and colleagues are warmly welcomed to our first supporter network to mark Aneurin Bevan’s birthday. As well as enjoying prosecco and birthday cake, to celebrate the fantastic difference our supporters make, we Read more »