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£3m funding for Wales' poorest communities

The poorest communities in Wales are to get £3m of new funding. The money will go towards play facilities, lessons in healthy living and training to help people find jobs. There are 52 communities in Wales who will be getting the support.

The Welsh Government says thousands of people will benefit from the Tackling Poverty Small Grants Fund.

The communities that will benefit from this support are the most deprived areas in Wales who now face the realities of rising living costs combined with cuts to public spending and welfare. That is why we will continue to take action to tackle poverty and make sure that everyone, no matter where they are born, has the same opportunities as everyone else."

– Jeff Cuthbert AM, Communities & Tackling Poverty Minister

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Welsh Government relaunches Communities First programme

The Welsh Government's relaunching its flagship scheme to tackle poverty. Nineteen million pounds will be spent on twelve projects with the aim of improving education, health and the economy in Wales' most deprived areas.

Communities First which was launched in 2001 has been criticised in the past for not delivering value for money.