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Plans to provide 5,000 job and training opportunities for households in Wales where no-one has a job are at the heart of new Welsh Government plans to tackle poverty announced today (Wednesday 3rd July).

The Tackling Poverty Action plan 2013 sets out how Ministers will target resources across departments to prevent poverty and alleviate its impact on people’s lives, while also helping individuals into work.

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A new £1.2 million package of support to help pupils from Wales’ most deprived communities Welsh Government logosucceed at school and achieve their full potential will be announced today.

Speaking at a conference in Llandudno, Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister Huw Lewis will reveal the extra financial support which will go towards projects that support children to do well at school and improve family engagement in their children’s education.

Activity will include helping improve literacy and numeracy levels, providing extra support through mentors and encouraging pupils to study science, technology, engineering and maths.

The money is from the Welsh Government’s flagship Communities First programme that aims to narrow the education, economic and health gaps between Wales’ most deprived and more affluent areas. The programme is organised into 52 ‘clusters’ across the country.

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The Deputy Minister for Social Services has set out her plans to strengthen the regulation of social services in Wales, including a new college of social care and a shift to measuring outcomes rather than minimum standards.

At the National Social Services Conference in Llandudno, Gwenda Thomas issued a policy statement to set the direction for regulation and inspection in Wales, which will be the basis for a white paper to be published in the autumn.

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The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has issued an Charity Commission logoalert to warn charities about accepting suspicious donations. The Serious Organised Crime Agency has informed the Commission that a number of charities have been unwittingly involved in a donation scam using fraudulently obtained credit cards.

The scam involves a fraudster informing a charity that they will be donating a large sum of money on the condition that the charity sends half of the donation onto another specified charity that is in fact the personal bank account of the fraudster. For example, the fraudster will offer the charity £100,000 on the condition that it sends £50,000 to another specified charity in another country. When the charity agrees, the payment to the charity of £100,000 is made using a compromised or stolen credit card. The charity keeps £50,000 of the donation and sends the remaining £50,000 to the other specified charity's bank account. However, it is in fact the fraudster's personal account. The card issuer identifies that the credit card was compromised and recalls the full amount of £100,000 from the charity. The charity has unwittingly been involved in money laundering.

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The Big Lottery Fund awards £100,000 a day to help Welsh communities most in need. Please say what you think about the Big Lottery Fund’s work in Wales by taking part in 100 BIG Voices.

Visit the Big Lottery Fund website to find out more and to watch a film about their work.