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Labour’s withdrawal of funding for local environmental groups is unjustifiable


Several environmental groups in the Swansea area are set to lose funding following an announcement that the Welsh Labour Government are withdrawing grants previously available through Environment Wales, a voluntary sector partnership.

The Environment Wales grant scheme has been supporting locally based environmental action in Wales since 1992. Environmental Groups across Wales will see their funding slashed. In April of this year, funds were awarded by the Welsh Government to cover activities up until September 2015.

 

Local projects under threat includeCar Agor at Cae Tan in Swansea West; and Gower: Local Trees for Local Woods at Coeden Fach, Wildlife at St Madoc Centre and Eco-Learning @ Little Bryn Gwyn with Valleys Kids, which receive Environment Wales grant funding for staff posts. It is possible that these posts will not be funded after September of this year.

 

Peter Black said:

 

“Statistics from Environment Wales show that in the 2013 and 2014, 42% of grant recipients contributed to actions on climate change, 64% delivered biodiversity benefits, 30% of grant support contributed to environmental enterprise and 12 recycling and reuse initiatives were supported. Overall, the scheme was said to have delivered a 365% return on grant investment.

 

“These local projects have a huge benefit to the environment and to our community. The uncertainty of funding created by the Welsh Government is putting them under threat. That is unjustifiable. I am looking for the Minister to resolve this situation as soon as possible and ensure that grant funding will continue after September.


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