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Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee is looking into how publicly funded bodies can use culture to tackle poverty and social exclusion in Wales.

Please tell us what you think in response to the following questions.  Please feel free to address any other issues in your response:

  • How effective has the Welsh Government been in improving participation in and access to culture for people in poverty?
  • How effective have the efforts of Welsh Government sponsored bodies (namely the Arts Council, National Museum, National Library and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales) and local government been in using culture to tackle poverty?
  • What impact has the Welsh Government’s Fusion programme had on using culture to tackle poverty?
  • How effective have the Fusion pioneer programmes been in stimulating local collaboration?

Please tell us what you think about these issues by emailing us at We ask that all contributions reach us before 14 December 2018.  After this date, the Committee will consider the responses and decide how to take the inquiry forward.


The Committee is interested in how the publicly funded bodies can use culture to tackle the effects of poverty and social exclusion.  When we refer to publicly funded bodies we are including local authorities, heritage sites, theatres, schools, museums, archives and libraries.

One of the ways in which the Welsh Government has approached this issue has been through a programme of activities in which national organisations work together with local authority and community leaders to, amongst other priorities, “introduce new ways of reducing barriers and access to the national cultural institutions, and to create new frameworks for local engagement and delivery”. The Welsh Government has called this programme Fusion.

It is designed to support Communities First clusters in linking with cultural organisations. The programme was co-ordinated by the Museums, Archives and Libraries division of the Welsh Government.

The Welsh Government has also used its sponsorship of national bodies to direct them to use their government funding to reduce poverty and tackle social exclusion.  For instance, the current remit letters of the Arts Council, National Library, the National Museum and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments in Wales all make reference to these organisations continuing to contribute to the Fusion programme.

Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

We expect other organisations to implement their own standards or schemes and to comply with their statutory obligation.

Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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