Any area will be able to bid for regeneration funding
The Welsh Government has announced a change to how it intends to regenerate some of our most rundown areas.
In future, any part of Wales will be able to bid for part of a £30-million pot, rather than limit the cash to seven specific areas.
Opposition parties argue a new focus is long overdue but Heritage Minister Huw Lewis says the Government has learnt from past failings.
With the current squeeze on public finances we have to ensure that every pound spent has a regenerative consideration.
Taking a more collaborative and targeted approach to regeneration across Wales will mark a change in the way we invest in our towns and communities for a decade to come.
Investment for regeneration will no longer be stopping at boundaries or borders.
We will be guided by Local Authorities to bring forward cases for investment that will help bring lasting improvement to our communities, tackle poverty, deprivation and mitigate the effects of welfare reform.
– Huw Lewis, Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage