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£1.7m capital funding announced for new Powys traveller site

Equalities Minister Jane Hutt has announced £1.7m capital funding for a new site for Gypsies and Travellers in Powys.
Wednesday 22 August 2012

£1m has been allocated to Powys Council for 2012-13 with £750,000 being allocated in principle for 2013-14.  The funding will come from the Gypsy and Traveller capital grant scheme.  

Announcing the funding Jane Hutt said:

"In our strategy for Gypsies and Travellers – ‘Travelling to a better future’ – we gave a commitment to work with local authorities to deliver new sites that matched the needs that have been identified in local development plans.  

"There has long been a need for a second site in Powys and the funding I am announcing will help deliver that site.  This will be the first new site in Wales since 1997 and will meet the need that Powys Council has identified.  

"Providing modern facilities and decent living conditions for Gypsies and Travellers can also have a positive knock on effect for accessing other essential services such as health and education.  

"It is important that we deliver equality and improve the quality of life for every person living in Wales. Whatever people's race, faith or family background, they should have the same opportunities as everyone else."

Cllr Garry Banks, Cabinet Member for Property and Assets at Powys Council, said:

"This grant from the Welsh Government will now allow the council to develop a permanent gypsy site in the Brecon area, something we have been working hard on for some considerable time.

"Thanks to this grant, the council will now be able to provide a facility that meets the needs of the family concerned and will comply with the Welsh Government’s good practice standards."

 

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