FMQs 5th July 2011 – Communities First

Mark Drakeford: A wnaiff y Prif Weinidog ddatganiad am ddyfodol y rhaglen Cymunedau yn Gyntaf yng Nghymru.  
[Will the First Minister make a statement on the future of the Communities First programme in Wales.] 

The First Minister: The Minister for Local Government and Communities will be making a statement later in Plenary regarding the future of Communities First.    

Mark Drakeford: Labour’s manifesto included pledges to support the development of time banking in Wales, especially in those communities that are cash poor but time rich. Many Communities First schemes, such as those in Ely and Caerau in the Cardiff West constituency, have taken a highly successful lead in the development of time banking across a whole range of key services, such as health, education, climate change and so on. As the programme moves into its next phase, will you draw these developments to the attention of Ministers so that the contribution that time banking can make to both community and service development can be felt across the Welsh Government?   

The First Minister: We are committed to supporting the development of time banking and this will, in part, be done through the next phase of Communities First.