This report reviews the Welsh Assembly Government's flagship regeneration programme Communities First (launched in 2001), which aimed to improve the conditions and prospects of people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Wales. The report:
- compares the extent to which first-generation Communities First neighbourhoods have improved relative to other similarly deprived neighbourhoods in Wales using key change indicators;
- examines the directions taken by four different types of deprived first generation Communities First neighbourhoods using the key indicators of change;
- explores the key factors affecting change in Communities First neighbourhoods between 2001 and 2008.