South West Wales

Swansea charity Faith in Families warns of job losses

Faith in Families' Clase centre will be forced to close without government funding Image copyright Google
Image caption Faith in Families' Clase centre will be forced to close without government funding

A childcare charity has warned it will start the process of making staff redundant in January unless it receives assurances about funding.

Swansea's Faith in Families gets more than a third of its income from the Welsh Government's Communities First anti-poverty programme.

Earlier this year, Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant said he would be "minded to phase out" the scheme.

The Welsh Government has been asked to comment.

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Image caption The charity is worried the uncertainty will affect a new £1m community hub

The charity, which employs about 50 people, provides childcare and training for parents at three centres in Penplas, Bonymaen and Clase.

Faith in Families chief executive Cherrie Bija said: "Without confirmation of any continuation funding the redundancy process will begin in January 2017, in order for the centres to fulfil their contractual obligations to employees.

"With no further funding, services in the three family centres will end on March 31, 2017."

The charity said could not give an exact figure of how many staff could lose their jobs.

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