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Task force to help boost South Wales Valleys

Words: Roger Milne
Breacon Valleys

The Welsh Government announced this week that it is setting up a task force dedicated to improving standards of living and encouraging economic development in the South Wales Valleys.

Minister for lifelong learning and Welsh language, Alun Davies, will chair the group, which will be made up of representatives of the government, councils, charities, businesses and other organisations.

Speaking in the Senedd, Davies said: “The South Wales Valleys have a strong and proud history. But the closure of the ironworks, steelworks and pits has had a long and lasting impact on our valleys communities.

"We have already seen significant structural investment in the valleys and the taskforce will build on this foundation, working with people there, local businesses, local government, the third sector and civic organisations, to promote the valleys as a region for investment and a place to live."

The taskforce will work closely with both the Cardiff Capital City Region and Swansea Bay City Region programmes and will seek to harness the potential of new initiatives such as the Metro and the valleys’ unique and diverse landscape as a tourism destination.

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