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Positive response to new guidance for communities to protect under-threat facilities

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, has welcomed the positive response from the public to new help and guidance for communities wishing to take over local facilities which are under threat of closure, which has received over 2,500 views within the first month.
Thursday 09 April 2015
The guidance is aimed at supporting community groups who are interested in taking over a local facility, such as a library or sports centre, with step by step guidance on a range of issues from developing a community group, producing business plans and accessing expert advice and funding. 

The Deputy Minister said:

“I am delighted with the initial response to our guidance. Many people across Wales are concerned about the impact financial pressures on local authorities will have on their much loved community facilities and there is a real enthusiasm and can-do attitude to taking these facilities into their own hands rather than risk losing them altogether.

“The guidance has been developed to provide step-by-step support for community groups who wish to take over a local facility, helping them through what can seem a daunting process to protect the under-threat services that matter to them.”  

The new Community Transfer Asset Toolkit for Culture and Sport has been developed as part of a commitment by the Deputy Minister to work with local authorities to reduce the impact budget challenges may have on the future of sport, arts and cultural facilities in communities across Wales.

The guidance complements the ‘Community Asset Transfers in Wales - A Best Practice Guide’ recently launched by the Finance Minister, and provisions on Assets of Community Value, which the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty has announced a consultation on.

The Deputy Minister has also invited local authorities to apply for a share of a £5million interest free capital loan scheme to improve local sports and recreation facilities, making them more inclusive, attractive and accessible and ensuring they meet the needs of their local area.

 

 

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