Thursday, 24 April 2014

Assembly Government names housing minister

The new Welsh Assembly Government has announced that Huw Lewis, former deputy minister for children, has been appointed as minister for housing, regeneration and heritage.

This role has been made a full ministerial portfolio, which was a key ‘ask’ from the Chartered Institute of Housing in Wales.

Keith Edwards, director of CIH Cymru, said he was pleased that housing policy would be dealt with alongside regeneration. ‘Housing has a leading role to play in delivering regeneration across Wales,’ he said.

Welsh Labour confirmed earlier this week that it will form the Welsh government on its own following last week’s elections.

Labour fell short of an outright majority by one seat in the assembly elections and could have formed a coalition with Plaid Cymru.

In their manifesto, Labour promised to invest money in housing stock to bring it up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, combat fuel poverty and invest in homelessness services.

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