Bevan Foundation December 2016 Newsletter
New project: The Future of Doing Good
On 24th November we joined the Big Lottery Fund in Wales to start their nationwide conversation on the future of ‘doing good’ in Wales. It builds on the research carried out for the Big Lottery Fund’s report, ‘The future of doing good in the UK’, which can be downloaded here.
Keep a look out on our website for further updates on this project, and in the meantime catch up with this guest article by Rob Roffe from the Big Lottery Fund.
New project: Better Futures for Disadvantaged Young People
Our latest project looks at the options available to young people in Wales who leave school without five A*-C GCSEs.
Last year, this was the situation which four in ten young people faced, with those from low-income families at much greater risk.
We want to improve the opportunities for disadvantaged young people in Wales by using their experiences to identify where change is needed.
New report: Attendance Allowance in Wales
The final report on our work with the Welsh Local Government Association looking at the possible devolution of Attendance Allowance has been published.
Among other things, it recommends that Welsh Government should be preparing for the devolution of Attendance Allowance now by ensuring that everyone in Wales who is eligible for the benefit is claiming it.
And other highlights from the last month:
- Priorities for the Welsh Economy: The Bevan Foundation has submitted a response to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure’s consultation on economic priorities. We argue that the economic context has changed significantly since the last Welsh Government economic strategy was produced, and call for a shift of focus away from output or GVA. Instead, the priority should be creating decent jobs, whatever economic sector they happen to be in, and getting a geographical balance of growth across Wales. Download it here.
- Committee engagement: we contributed to consultation events by the Finance Committee on the Welsh Government’s Draft Budget and the Economy, Skills and Infrastructure Committee’s event on plans for a National Infrastructure Commission.
- Senedd mentions: our research on the Living Wage, poverty and economic regeneration has been cited by AMs in the Senedd.
- Media mentions: the Bevan Foundation and JRF strategy to solve poverty in Wales was covered extensively by Wales and UK media outlets, we’ve featured on BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales to talk about the future of Communities First, as well as in the Western Mail commenting on the impact of the Budget.
Thank you for helping us to produce ideas that change Wales.