List of shame

The latest multiple deprivation index for Wales has just been published. The twenty most deprived communities are as follows:

1. Rhyl West 2 (Denbighshire)
2. Butetown (Cardiff)
3. Queensway (Wrexham)
4. Rhyl West 1 (Denbighshire)
5. Rhyl South West (Denbighshire)
6. Townhill (Swansea)
7. Penydarren (Merthyr Tydfil)
8. Twyn Carno (Caerphilly)
9. St. James 3 (Caerphilly)
10. Penrhiwceiber (Rhondda Cynon Taf)
11. Castle 2 (Swansea)
12. Pen-y-waun (Rhondda Cynon Taf)
13. Caerau (Bridgend)
14. Penderry (Swansea)
15. Tredegar Central and West (Blaenau Gwent)
16. Tylorstown (Rhondda Cynon Taf)
17. Gurnos (Merthyr Tydfil )
18. Cyfarthfa (Merthyr Tydfil)
19. Castle 1 (Swansea)
20. Townhill (Swansea)

On the day that there are 'celebrations' over the One Wales Coalition and after nine years of devolved responsibility for social and economic development, we still have deep pockets of deprivation concentrated in a few areas.

One would have thought that, given the billions available from Europe and the 'devolution dividend' that we would have made a start on addressing these issues by now but very little impact has been made.

Surely it cannot be beyond the imagination of politicians and policymakers to focus some of the resources going to 'pet projects' to diversify some of this funding to these more deprived communities and enable them to ctahc up with the rest of Wales?

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