Fund will help Welsh groups use public buildings

The Welsh Assembly Government has made a commitment to set up a fund that will help community groups take over public buildings.

The Office of the Third Sector and the Big Lottery Fund set up a £30m Community Assets Fund for England last September after the Communities and Local Government department published its Quirk Review. There is currently no equivalent in Wales, however.

The fund would give grants to community organisations to refurbish the buildings and to help manage and develop their usage.

Leighton Andrews, deputy minister for regeneration in the Welsh Assembly Government, said: "I am convinced that in Wales part of our approach to regeneration has to be a further transfer of wealth and power to community level, and assets are part of that."

He said he hoped to make a further announcement in the autumn.

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