Welsh Government funding

In 2014 and 2015 the Welsh Government has allocated funding to local authorities to develop play opportunities in Wales. In 2012 - 2013 the Welsh Government provided funding to local authorities to conduct the Play Sufficiency Assessments.  

2015

On 23 February 2015 the Welsh Government announced:

Play time comes early thanks to extra £1.5m

An additional £1.5 million has been announced by Lesley Griffiths, the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, to develop play opportunities for children across Wales.

Councils will receive a share of the £1.5 million to improve play areas throughout the country. The funding can be used to improve access for disabled children, provide signs to encourage street play, buy new resources such as rope swings, climbing frames and transportable equipment to ensure children from disadvantaged areas have increased opportunities to play.

Wales was the first country in the UK to pass a law to ensure children across the country have an opportunity to play by placing a duty on Local Authorities to provide suitable outdoors spaces and play areas.

Announcing the funding, Lesley Griffiths said:

“Play is a vital part of a child’s upbringing and development which benefits their health, happiness and wellbeing.

“This is why, despite the squeeze on our budgets, we are determined to ensure children in Wales have somewhere safe, secure and fun to play with their friends. This additional £1.5 million will help Local Authorities across Wales improve play areas and provide more opportunities for children in their area to play.

“We are doing all we can to improve people’s standard of living and help our children to live healthy lives. I am very proud the Welsh Government took the lead on this issue, making Wales the first nation in the UK to legislate on play.”

Funding per local authority:

  • Isle of Anglesey: £36,026
  • Gwynedd: £63,108
  • Conwy: £53,496
  • Denbighshire: £48,204
  • Flintshire: £77,561
  • Wrexham: £70,301
  • Ceredigion: £33,268
  • Pembrokeshire: £64,246
  • Carmarthenshire: £94,814
  • Swansea: £106,138
  • Neath Port Talbot: £64,308
  • Bridgend: £66,575
  • Vale of Glamorgan: £63,103
  • Cardiff: £155,770
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf: £119,835
  • Caerphilly: £92,755
  • Blaenau Gwent: £33,539
  • Torfaen: £43,841
  • Monmouthshire: £43,547
  • Newport: £73,120
  • Powys: £67,518
  • Merthyr Tydfil: £28,927


Wales: £1,500,000

2014

On 3 February 2014 the Welsh Government announced:

Play time for Welsh kids with £1.25 million of new funding

A new funding package of more than a million pounds to develop play opportunities for children across Wales has been announced by the Welsh Government today.

Councils will be able to use the £1.25 million for a number of measures, including improving play areas with equipment such as rope swings and timber frame structures. It will also help buy portable play equipment for children living in disadvantaged communities, improve access for disabled children to take part in play opportunities, improve lighting in play areas and encourage street play.

Announcing the funding, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty Vaughan Gething said:

'Enabling children to play in a secure enjoyable place should not be seen as a luxury. Play is a vital part of a child’s upbringing and development. This new funding will help local authorities across Wales to improve and develop facilities with the aim of providing more opportunities for children in their area to play.

'Despite the squeeze on our budgets, we are determined to continue to support play opportunities. We are committed to doing what we can to improve the standard of life in communities and help our children to live healthy lives.'

Wales was the first country in the UK to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 31 of the charter says children have the right to relax and play. Play is an important part of children’s lives, benefiting their health, happiness, well being and laying the foundations for reaching their full potential as adults.

Funding per local authority:

  • Isle of Anglesey: £29,862
  • Gwynedd: £52,650
  • Conwy: £44,715
  • Denbighshire: £39,992
  • Flintshire: £65,490
  • Wrexham: £58,238
  • Ceredigion: £27,853
  • Pembrokeshire: £53,777
  • Carmarthenshire: £79,004
  • Swansea: £87,926
  • Neath Port Talbot: £53,898
  • Bridgend: £55,122
  • The Vale of Glamorgan: £52,993
  • Cardiff: £128,359
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf: £99,419
  • Caerphilly: £77,558
  • Blaenau Gwent: £28,028
  • Torfaen: £36,705
  • Monmouthshire: £36,980
  • Newport: £60,676
  • Powys: £56,854
  • Merthyr Tydfil: £23,901


Wales £1,250,000

2012 - 2013 

The Welsh Government allocated the following amounts of funding to local authorities to conduct the Play Sufficiency Assessments:

  • Isle of Anglesey: £18,542
  • Gwynedd: £21,314
  • Conwy: £20,390
  • Denbighshire: £20,236
  • Flintshire: £22,700
  • Wrexham: £21,314
  • Ceredigion: £18,696
  • Pembrokeshire: £21,314
  • Carmarthenshire: £24,548
  • Swansea: £26,088
  • Neath Port Talbot: £22,084
  • Bridgend: £22,084
  • The Vale of Glamorgan: £21,622
  • Cardiff: £30,554
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf: £27,628
  • Caerphilly: £24,702
  • Blaenau Gwent: £18,542
  • Torfaen: £19,928
  • Monmouthshire: £19,158
  • Newport: £22,392
  • Powys: £21,930
  • Merthyr Tydfil: £18,080

 

Wales £48,3846