£30m to help deprived areas across Wales

More than £30 million has been announced by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, for the Communities First programme to continue helping deprived areas across Wales.

The £31.7 million of funding will benefit 52 areas, known as Clusters, and support the most vulnerable people in Wales by combating poverty and promoting education, health and economic prosperity.

The City of Cardiff Council will receive £2,984,094 – which will be split between four cluster areas: West and BRG in Cardiff West, and East and STAR.

Areas across Wales will benefit from the funding between April 2015 and March 2016.

Announcing the funding, Lesley Griffiths, said:

“I am delighted to announce this funding today which will make a real difference to communities right across Wales for years to come.

“Providing £31.7 million for our Communities First programme during a time of unprecedented budget cuts shows the Welsh Government is committed to supporting our most vulnerable communities and narrowing the economic, education and health gaps between our most deprived and affluent areas.

“Far too many people’s lives are affected by poverty. Too many families have nobody working and cannot afford basic essentials such as heating their home during this cold weather. Addressing this issue is a priority for me and the Government as a whole. This is why our Tackling Poverty Action Plan sets out our targets for improving the outcomes of families living in low income households.”