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AWEMA funding 'weaknesses'

The Welsh Government's handling of funding for the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association (AWEMA) shows weaknesses in its management of grants according to a Public Accounts Committee report.

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Grants dealt with by 'collection' of departments

People outside the Welsh Government may think of it as a single entity: 'the Welsh Government.' But in managing its grants, the Welsh Government currently appears to operate as a collection of different departments that don't necessarily know what other departments within the organisation are doing, or what they have done in the past.

One of the biggest things that the Welsh Government can do is to itself prioritise the importance of getting on top of its grant management processes.

We recognise and welcome some of the progress detailed to us during the course of our inquiry, but we believe a change in cultural approach to managing grants is necessary to ensure problems similar to those which came to light at AWEMA do not happen again.

In a time of economic hardship, it is vital that Wales gets the best from every pound of public money spent.

– Darren Millar AM, Public Accounts Committee chair

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