Bangor, Caernarfon and Penygroes to benefit from anti-poverty scheme


Geraint Jones

THREE Gwynedd communities will receive a share of a £19 million anti-poverty fund.

Parts of Bangor, Caernarfon and Talysarn near Penygroes form the Gwynedd "cluster" in the Welsh Government’s revamped Communities First programme.

Minister for Local Government and Communities Carl Sargeant said work will include an employment service to create employment and volunteering programmes to develop skills in sectors including industry and outdoor activities.

 He added: " Overall, the programme will make a key contribution to 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."

Marchog in Bangor join Caernarfon wards Cadnant and Peblig in one north Wales cluster.

Mr Sargeant added: "Community involvement will remain central to the programme.

"We want to see more local people becoming actively involved in Communities First and so each Cluster will develop a Community Involvement Plan to ensure that this happens.

"It is essential that the community continues to be engaged and empowered under the programme.”

The changes being made to the programme come after a consultation last year, Wales Audit Office recommendations and Public Accounts Committee reports in 2009 and 2010.

Mr Sargeant added the changes had received strong support from many organisations affected by the changes.

The Minister added that the programme had a "robust" new monitoring framework.

He said: “We will be gathering and making public key information about the work and achievements of the clusters and the programme as a whole.”

There are two further clusters in Flintshire, and 52 eligible areas across Wales in the programme.

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