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Communities First Lessons Learned, 25/07/2017 [W]

The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee has published its report on the lessons learned from the Communities First programme.

In February 2017, the Welsh Government announced that Communities First would be phased out. The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee decided to examine the decision, and to see if there were any lessons to learn for future anti-poverty programmes.

The report makes eleven recommendations. It recommends that local authorities identify the programmes that were beneficial to communities and ensure that they continue to be delivered by other statutory bodies. It suggests that the Welsh Government develops a strategy for tackling poverty, and works together with organisations such as the Bevan Foundation or the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to develop poverty indicators, so that progress can be measured.

These recommendations were welcomed by the Bevan Foundation.

To read the report in full, please visit the National Assembly for Wales website.