Protecting Wales' vital community assets

18 July 2015

Changes to public service delivery, Local Government reform and the impact of ongoing austerity in public sector finances has meant that issues around community asset transfer and the development of a model for Wales in respect of protecting community assets are becoming of increasing importance.

From 21 May to 11 September, the Welsh Government is running a consultation to gather your views on how community assets can be protected across Wales. 

What is a Community Asset?

A community asset can be any land or building which is important to the wellbeing of a community. Halls, churches, community centres, shops, playing fields and post offices are just some examples of community assets. Community assets provide services that bring communities together. Examples include meeting your friends in a local pub, using the internet or borrowing a book at the library branch, taking your children to a play centre in the area, or even supporting your local team!

Why do our Community Assets need protecting?

Sometimes facilities are closed due to a lack of use or increased competition in a local area. However, having less money from the UK Government to spend in Wales has also placed great pressures on our community assets. This threatens many services which we all value and may have taken for granted and risks reducing your quality of life.

WCVA are looking to respond to the consultation, and are keen to get as many viewpoints from across the sector as possible. If you have any views that you wish to be incorporated in this response, please contact [email protected] 02920431758

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