The Trust calls for a greater focus on towns in Wales at Parliamentary event

April 20, 2018

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  • Towns are a neglected area of public policy.
  • While cities and rural areas often have powerful interest groups working on their behalf, towns are often missed out of policy.
  • The Trust calls for a greater focus on towns in Wales, beyond town centres, to recognise the important contribution they make to our society.

The Carnegie UK Trust has hosted a Parliamentary reception at the National Assembly for Wales designed to engage Welsh Assembly Members, Welsh Government representatives, and key stakeholders with the importance of towns in public policy in Wales.

As the home to a significant number of citizens, businesses, and service providers, towns are particularly important places across Wales. However, research undertaken by the Trust finds that while there are well-developed policies designed to progress cities and rural hinterlands, and often powerful groups working on their behalf, towns are a neglected area of public policy.

The event, sponsored and chaired by Vikki Howells AM, featured an address from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM, and presentations from Martyn Evans, Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, and Peter Davies, Chair of WCVA. All speakers recognised the importance of a positive story, and active, engaged leadership across the sectors to the future of towns in Wales.

Nine organisations hosted networking hubs at the event, showcasing the work of libraries; credit unions and CDFIs; community journalism; digital skills and inclusion; enterprise; planning for wellbeing; and the tool Shape My Town in the development of flourishing towns across Wales.

The posters of the networking hub hosts can be found below. For more information on the event read a guest blog from the Minister for Housing and Regeneration and search #FlourishingTowns on Twitter. For the Trust’s wider work on towns visit https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/theme/flourishing-towns/.