THE MINISTER for Communities and Tackling Poverty Lesley Griffiths has announced funding of £588,650 to continue supporting people within the Pembrokeshire Communities First Cluster.
The areas included in the support area are Garth area of Haverfordwest, the central area of Pembroke Dock, Monkton, Pennar, Llanion and the St. Mary’s North area of Pembroke.
More than £30 million is being invested in the Communities First programme to continue helping deprived areas across Wales, the Welsh Government has said.
The £31.7 million of funding will benefit 52 areas, known as Clusters, and support the most vulnerable people in Wales by combating poverty and promoting education, health and economic prosperity.
Areas across Wales will benefit from the funding between April 2015 and March 2016.
The funding will be received by the Co-operative Group which is the Lead Delivery Body for the Communities First Programme for four Cluster Areas spread across three geographical areas of Wales, one of which is Pembrokeshire.
Announcing the funding, Lesley Griffiths said: “I am delighted to announce this funding which will make a real difference to communities right across Wales for years to come.
“Providing £31.7 million for our Communities First programme during a time of unprecedented budget cuts shows the Welsh Government is committed to supporting our most vulnerable communities and narrowing the economic, education and health gaps between our most deprived and affluent areas.
“Far too many people’s lives are affected by poverty. Too many families have nobody working and cannot afford basic essentials such as heating their home during this cold weather. Addressing this issue is a priority for me and the Government as a whole. This is why our Tackling Poverty Action Plan sets out our targets for improving the outcomes of families living in low income households.”