Deprived Welsh areas given £83m for regeneration

21 Jun 01
Deprived communities in Wales are to benefit from an £83m regeneration programme aimed at tackling social disadvantage, Edwina Hart, Assembly Minister for Finance, Local Government and Communities announced this week.

22 June 2001

The National Assembly's 'Communities First' regeneration programme will be used to tackle deprivation in 88 of Wales's 100 most disadvantaged communities. It will have a community-centred approach and is designed to promote partnerships at a local level. The money will be in addition to other mainstream funding and will initially be available for three years.

Communities that will benefit from the cash boost include Dyfi Valley in Powys, for use in tackling poverty, isolation and deprivation in rural areas, and Cardiff, which will use the additional money to build upon initiatives already developed in the ethnic minority communities of Buetown and Grangetown.

Hart, who unveiled the programme on June 18, said: 'Tackling social disadvantage is a priority for the National Assembly and Communities First is at the heart of what we are trying to achieve. Each local authority has at least one community in the programme.'


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