£1.5 million for Denbighshire to tackle poverty

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has welcomed the announcement of a further £1.5 million for Denbighshire as part of the Welsh Government’s new Communities First Programme.

The news that Denbighshire’s Community First Cluster Area is to receive an additional £1,416,978 is part of wider announcement made by Welsh Labour’s Local Government and the Communities Minister, Carl Sargeant that £20.5m in 15 clusters aimed at tackling poverty.

The funding has been earmarked for projects in Anglesey, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Newport, Pembrokeshire and Neath Port Talbot.

Ann Jones said:

“The aim of all these projects is to create a community focused programme to tackle the root causes of poverty that support the most vulnerable people in the most deprived areas of Wales.

“Community involvement will remain vital if the programme is to achieve the results we know it can deliver.”

Carl Sargeant said:

“Each of the new Clusters has a delivery plan that shows how the programme in that area will contribute to improved outcomes in relation to health, education and the economy.

“Overall, the programme will have a key role as part of the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty Action Plan. Every application has been carefully assessed to ensure that the highest possible proportion of the budget can be used to deliver projects in local communities rather than being spent on administrative costs.”

The new Communities First programme will be fully operational from April 2013. To date, funding totalling £73.5 million has been awarded to 51 clusters across Wales. The funding is until March 2015.