£6m boost to aid city's poorest areas
THE Welsh Government is investing £6 million in Swansea's most deprived communities, a visiting deputy minister said today.
Vaughan Gething was due to drop by the Communities First premises in Caernarfon Way, Bonymaen, to find out more about their work.
Staff there provide services including employment support, debt and benefit advice and support for unemployed young people.
There are 52 Communities First clusters in Wales with five in Swansea, which are to receive the £6 million over the next two financial years.
Mr Gething, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty, was also due meet Swansea Council's two tackling poverty champions today.
The AM for Cardiff South and Penarth added that Swansea was also receiving £4.8 million this year to spend on part-time childcare and parenting support through the Flying Start programme.
Mr Gething said: "We are committed to tackling poverty head on and using all our resources across the Welsh Government to help those most in need in our society.
"That is why we are investing £6 million over the next two years to help the poorest areas of Swansea to help those out of work to find jobs, making sure people have the right skills and education to improve their life chances.
"I am in the city to see for myself the excellent work that is already underway to address this issue and to listen to the experiences of the people on the ground."