Poverty is at an all time high in Llanelli, claims MP Nia Griffith
POVERTY in Llanelli is at an all-time high, according to MP Nia Griffith.
She called for communities to be supported as latest statistics show the town has some of the poorest areas in Wales.
The news comes as the Welsh Government Minister for Tackling Poverty, Vaughan Gething paid a visit to the town.
He said: "We are actively supporting people in Llanelli to help those out of work to find jobs, making sure people have the right skills and education to improve their chances."
The Communities First programme that is being implemented means more areas of Llanelli can access support packages aimed at creating better educated, healthier and more prosperous communities.
It provides support and childcare to families who are struggling to make ends meet.
Ms Griffith added: "It is harder now than ever for hard working families on low incomes to get by with the cost of living crisis that David Cameron is failing to tackle.
The group, which also included AM Keith Davies, visited Llwynhendy Flying Start Children's Centre to see what is done about the problem locally.
Mr Davies, Ms Griffith and Mr Gething witnessed first hand the work being undertaken to engage with children and their parents.
And during the visit the group heard from Jobcentre Plus support worker Jill, commonly know as 'Jill the Job'.
She expressed her enthusiasm for the scheme and said that it was more fruitful than when she worked from the Job Centre itself.
Mr Davies said the scheme was making a significant difference and explained how encouraged he was by Mr Gething's visit.
And he reassured families that the "determination of the Welsh Government to tackle poverty is making a difference".
"He (Mr Gething) spoke passionately about tackling poverty but was realistic about the challenges we face — especially in our most deprived communities," he said.