Mabon ap Gwynfor, Plaid Cymru’s Assembly candidate for Clwyd South, said:
“Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM Janet Ryder spearheaded the initial calls for an inquiry into Plas Madoc Communities First and, while I can’t comment on the ongoing criminal investigations and forthcoming trials, I’m very concerned that the minister Carl Sargeant has still not taken decisive action to deal with the problem.
“It’s unforgiveable that the people of Plas Madoc have been forgotten during all the controversy about the scheme’s finances. They have been let down by the Communities First board of trustees, who failed to deal with the financial problems of the scheme, as well as a Labour minister who seems desperate to kick this problem into the long grass until after the Assembly election.
“That’s not good enough. We need some clear answers about what is happening in the future for this Communities First funding. There’s another year to run and we cannot have the same people in charge as during the Miriam Beard era. We need a clean slate and for the community to decide on the best way forward. The whole idea of Communities First was to empower our poorest communities, not dictate to them. If people don’t have their say, then there’s no point in having Communities First.”