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Wales’ Influential Think-Tank Sets out Expansion Plans

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Independent think-tank, the Bevan Foundation, is setting out ambitious plans for the next three years, which will mean more than doubling its turnover.

The Bevan Foundation’s plans are based on recent analysis of the challenges facing Wales in the years ahead, and focus on three key themes: equality, justice and prosperity.

Director of the Bevan Foundation, Victoria Winckler, said:

“Forecasts for Wales over the next few years make gloomy reading. We’re determined to do something about the poverty and inequality that blights so many lives. We’re aiming to develop radical ideas to end the inequality that means that men in poor areas die nine years sooner than men in better-off areas, and that children who get free school meals are only half as likely to get five good GCSEs as their peers.”

The Foundation has already begun work on ensuring work provides a route out of poverty and on strengthening communities experiencing high levels of in-migration. In the near future it will look at how to reduce inequalities in health, and at rebuilding the economy of the Heads of the Valleys area.

The Bevan Foundation, which was set up in 2001 and is a registered charity, is independent of government or any political party. Its findings are regularly quoted by politicians from all parties in debates in the National Assembly for Wales and it frequently informs Assembly Committee inquiries.

Speaking about the new strategy, Jane Hutt AM, former Minister for Finance, said:

The Bevan Foundation has made a major contribution to public debate and public policy in Wales and I am delighted to welcome their new strategy. This work is important and valuable in ensuring that we create a Wales where equality, justice and prosperity are accessible to all

Mark Isherwood AM, representing North Wales, said:

The Bevan Foundation is a big hitter with small resources.  Its vital vision, essential independence and intellectual rigour enable it to produce great work. The strategy recognises that if people and organisations in Wales are going to address the major challenges facing us, we will need to find the underlying causes and do something to address them.  This means moving beyond rhetoric and consultation to doing things differently in practice. As a Bevan Foundation supporter, I welcome their new strategy.

The Bevan Foundation is also strengthening its board, with the recent addition of Prof Sally Power, of Cardiff University, Lynne Hughes, Wales Director of the MS Society and Tegid Roberts, of MD of Cadarn Consulting.  They’ll shortly be joined by William Powell, President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council.

Chair of the board, former local authority Chief Executive Vivienne Sugar, said:

 The environment for charities is challenging but our work is needed all the more. With our new board and strategy we’re putting the building blocks in place for a successful three years to 2021.