Response to 70/30
About 20 charities and non-governmental organisations have joined us in support of 70/30. You can find a complete list of our Alliance Partners here.
Vivette Glover, Professor of Perinatal Psychobiology at Imperial College, was so enthusiastic she joined WAVE as a member of the Early Years Champions.
Professor Kevin Browne of Nottingham University (a leading researcher on child abuse) joined the 70/30 commitment and offered to work in partnership with WAVE to create this shift.
David Stone, Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology, at Glasgow University has offered his support for 70/30.
John McLaren, an economist at Glasgow University who has worked on the economics of early prevention and intervention with the Nobel Prize winning economist James Heckman also volunteered his support.
The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith and General the Lord Ramsbotham GCB CBE both agreed to join Baroness Walmsley as Patrons of WAVE, to express their backing for 70/30.
The Liberal Democrat Party expressed its support for 70/30 by including a commitment to it in their 2010 General Election Manifesto.
Other Political Supporters
The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (Secretary of State for Education)
Andrea Leadsom MP
The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP (Chief Secretary to the Treasury)
The Rt Hon Nick Clegg (Deputy Prime Minister)
Baroness Hilary Armstrong (formerly Minister for the Cabinet Office and Minister for Social Exclusion)
A small Advisory Council, which will address both how to achieve 70/30 in practice and how to win political support for the commitment, has been formed. Initial members are:Naomi Eisenstadt CBE, former national head of Sure Start and former head of the Social Exclusion Unit in the Cabinet Office
Sir Paul Ennals, former Chief Executive of the National Children's Bureau and WAVE Trustee.
A coalition of major funders backing 70/30 has been created. Initial members include:
The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The Garfield Weston Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
The Man Group Charitable Trust
The McGrath Charitable Trust