Prosperous communities 

This is a very difficult time for many people receiving benefits, due to the major changes taking place in the welfare system.

Bridgend Communities First aims to:

  • increase the employability of local people
  • reduce the impact of poverty for those on benefits
  • increase the opportunities for new and existing businesses to grow in order to provide employment opportunities for local people

Through Bridgend Communities First’s Bridgend Employment Skills Project (BESP) >>> and debt management support >>> we are successful in:

  • helping people to develop employment skills and find work
  • assisting people in improving their financial capability through support in managing debt and advice in raising income

Key facts for Bridgend Communities First areas

The following statistics provide a baseline for the Communities First areas in Bridgend County Borough, compared to the Welsh average. Welsh Government complied these figures following the realignment of the Communities First programme in April 2012.

Working age persons who are economically active:
Lower Cluster: 59.8%
Mid Cluster: 58.7%
Upper Cluster: 55.3%
Welsh average: 65.8%
All three cluster areas are BELOW the Welsh average

Bridgend Communities First residents in receipt of income related benefits:
Lower Cluster: 30%
Mid Cluster: 27%
Upper Cluster: 29%
Welsh average: 18.2%
All three cluster areas are ABOVE the Welsh average

Bridgend Communities First residents in receipt of employment related benefits:
Lower Cluster: 25%
Mid Cluster: 24%
Upper Cluster: 27%
Welsh average: 13.9%
All three cluster areas are ABOVE the Welsh average

Households with dependent children who do not have an adult in employment:
Lower Cluster: 15.2%
Mid Cluster: 17.3%
Upper Cluster: 11.5%
Welsh average: 4.6%
All three cluster areas are ABOVE the Welsh average