An estimated 25% of the Welsh population live in the most deprived areas in Britain, a report reveals.
Deprivation in the former coalfield communities of Wales, shows how communities in Wales are struggling to recover from the decline of traditional industries over three generations, despite government investment and some signs of economic growth.
The Alliance Wales called on the Welsh Assembly to continue to support the regeneration and development of these former industrial areas with new strategies and greater investment in these areas.
Alliance chair John Marshall (Lab) said: “This is an important and timely reminder of the problems still facing our communities. This review can play a part in developing a better social, economic and environmental future and a better quality of life for all the people of the traditional industrial communities in Wales. We ask the new coalition government to rise to the challenge and enable all our people to live up to their potential.”
The Alliance is a new organisation created from a merger within the former Alliance for Regional Aid, and brings together the Coalfield Communities Campaign, Leading Action for Textiles, Clothing & Footwear and Steel Action.