Social Housing news in Wales

Wales specialist

Deputy news editor, Inside Housing

Pete Apps

Deputy news editor

E-mail: peter.apps@insidehousing.co.uk

Phone: 020 7772 8360

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Welsh Government plans to put forward reclassification proposals next month

24/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government will put forward proposals to reverse the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) reclassification of housing associations in Wales after local elections on 4 May.

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Welsh associations warn hundreds will be unable to pay rent under LHA cap

21/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Pete Apps

Welsh social landlords in low-rent areas have revealed capping benefits at Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will leave hundreds of their tenants unable to pay their rent.

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Welsh Government considers Housing First scheme to tackle homelessness

10/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government is considering moving towards a Housing First homelessness policy, the minister with responsibility for housing has announced.

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Welsh Government to release Tai Cantref report to committee

21/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government will release its secret report on mismanagement at a 1,400-home housing association to its Public Accounts Committee later this year, a politician has revealed.

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Welsh Housing Partnership secures £93m

17/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Housing Partnership has received £93m in secure debt funding from specialist insurer the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).

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Cantref takeover handled appropriately, says top Welsh Government official

15/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The controversial takeover of a struggling housing association in Wales was appropriately handled by the Welsh Government, a top official maintained yesterday.

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Welsh Government launches Right to Buy ban bill

13/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government will put a new law banning the Right to Buy before the National Assembly today.

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Welsh associations should rethink arrears letters, report claims

09/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing associations should send out kinder rent arrears letters to help manage the impacts of Universal Credit, a new report on Welsh tenants claims.

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Sargeant: chief executive pay 'a matter for boards'

09/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Welsh housing association boards should have the freedom to set their own chief executives’ pay, the minister with responsibility for housing has said.

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Cantref takeover process attacked at evidence session

01/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing association bosses attacked the handling of an association’s takeover during an evidence hearing for the Welsh Assembly’s inquiry into sector regulation on Monday.

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Welsh councils hike rents to boost investment

23/02/2017 | By Pete Apps , Nathaniel Barker

Welsh councils are raising rents by up to 5.2% next year to fund investment of almost £200m in existing and new homes.

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Report calls for Welsh pensioner homes budget

17/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Wales needs a special budget to encourage building homes for older people to help cope with the country’s ageing population, a report claims.

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Welsh association bosses quizzed over pay

14/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing association bosses were grilled over chief executive pay as part of a Welsh Assembly inquiry into regulation on Monday.

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£30.5m loans for Bron Afon to build 450 homes

13/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Welsh association Bron Afon Community Housing has pledged to build 450 homes after securing £30.5m in loan deals.

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Prevention duties defended despite Welsh rough sleeping rise

13/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

New homelessness prevention duties in Wales have been defended amid a sharp rise in rough sleeping, with the sector suggesting the policy has simply resulted in more accurate statistics.

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Welsh Government unveils £20m innovative homes fund

09/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government will invest £20m in innovative new homebuilding over the next two years, it announced today.

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Wales gets £7.8m to prevent homelessness

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Welsh Government has announced £7.8m for its Homelessness Prevention Programme for 2017/18.

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CIH Cymru appoints director

21/12/2016 | By Luke Barratt

The Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru has appointed a new director.

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Welsh regulator to introduce performance standards

01/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh regulator will introduce a series of governance and viability standards for the first time, as part of a package to take housing associations off the national balance sheet.

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Welsh Government boosts grant after supply pact with sector

01/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government has boosted housing grant funding by £30m this year, as social landlords sign a historic ‘supply pact’ to deliver 20,000 homes by 2021.

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Welsh Government protects Supporting People budget

18/10/2016 | By Carl Brown

Ministers in Wales have committed to protecting a £124.5m fund to help people in need of specialist housing and support.

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Date set for ONS Home Nations decision

20/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

The classification decision on housing associations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be announced on 29 September.

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Lending faces 'challenges' following deregulation

16/09/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Scottish Housing Regulator has pledged to work with the government and lenders to head off any negative impact because of deregulation.

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Scottish Government 'must state supported housing position'

15/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government must make its position clear on the future of supported housing funding, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said.

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CIH Cymru director to depart

05/09/2016

Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Cymru has announced the departure of its director.

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Politicians call for inquiry into Welsh merger

25/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

Local politicians have called for an inquiry into a controversial Welsh merger, as a row erupts over a lack of tenant consultation.

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ONS decision due within weeks

22/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will announce its decision on the classification of housing associations in the remaining Home Nations in the coming weeks.

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Surplus slips at large Welsh landlord

04/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

One of the largest housing associations in Wales has recorded a slightly decreased surplus as it continues work to bring its housing stock up to Welsh housing standards.

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Welsh government announces bill scrapping RTB

30/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Welsh Government has announced it will bring in legislation to abolish the Right to Buy this year.

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Welsh Government considers funding shared ownership

10/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government is considering funding shared ownership housing for the first time as it seeks to double the rate of affordable housebuilding in this parliament.

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Sargeant 'determined' to hit 20,000-home target

02/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh housing minister has said the new Labour-led government is ‘determined’ to build 20,000 affordable homes by 2020.

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Cantref merger plan faces opposition

02/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

A merger plan for an embattled Welsh housing association could be scuppered by strong local opposition.

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Welsh associations record joint £76m surplus

24/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

The largest housing associations in Wales recorded a joint surplus of £76m and built 89% of the country’s affordable housing in 2014/15.

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Sargeant returns to housing brief

20/05/2016 | By Carl Brown

Carl Sargeant has returned to the housing brief in the new Welsh cabinet.

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Welsh Government deadlock broken

18/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

Labour and Plaid Cymru have reached an agreement for Labour to form a minority government in Wales, paving the way for a doubling of affordable housebuilding.

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Labour largest party after Welsh assembly elections

06/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

Labour must publish a clear plan on how it will meet its pledge to double affordable house building, after emerging as the largest party following Welsh elections.

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SNP falls short of majority

06/05/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has won a third election victory in Scotland but has fallen short of a majority.