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

Fax: 020 7772 8591

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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.

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Council 'disappointed' by merger plan

28/04/2016 | By Pete Apps

A Welsh council has expressed its disappointment after its proposal to ‘protect’ a troubled social landlord was snubbed in favour of a merger with a larger housing association.

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Pobl pledges to build 3,000 new homes

20/04/2016 | By Jess McCabe

New Welsh housing association Pobl Group aims to build 3,000 homes over the next five years, its chief executive has said.

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Welsh regulator to assess Value for Money

19/04/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh social housing regulator is planning to assess housing providers’ Value for Money performance for the first time.

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ONS to review devolved regions' associations

08/04/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has confirmed it will review whether to reclassify housing associations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as public bodies.

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Chancellor announces fresh devolution deals

16/03/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Chancellor George Osborne has announced further devolution deals across the United Kingdom, including East Anglia, the West of England and Cardiff.

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CEO appointed for new Welsh giant

14/03/2016 | By Carl Brown

A merged housing group, which will become the largest in Wales, has confirmed its new chief executive.

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Landlord seeks merger following government review

14/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

A Welsh housing association, which was the subject of a government review into mismanagement, has announced its intention to merge.

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Welsh sector steps up election campaign

04/03/2016 | By Pete Apps

Welsh housing organisations will hold a rally in Cardiff today as they step up their Homes for Wales election campaign.

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RICS calls for Welsh affordable housing taskforce

24/02/2016 | By Corin Williams

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has called for a taskforce to advise the incoming Welsh Government about how to increase affordable home building.

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Wales mulls deregulation to head off ONS

28/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government is considering implementing similar deregulation to England as concern mounts over the potential reclassification of housing associations.

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Independent regulatory board for Wales

22/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government has announced a new independent regulatory board for the first time, following lobbying from the housing sector a year ago.

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New standards for all Welsh association homes

18/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government is planning to introduce new mandatory quality standards for all social landlord homes.

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Government considers new homelessness duty

07/01/2016 | By Heather Spurr

The government is set to consider imposing a new legal duty on councils to prevent people becoming homeless.

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Plan for 30,000 Cardiff homes approved

06/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Nearly 30,000 homes are set to be built in Cardiff over the next decade, after the city’s development plan was approved by inspectors.

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Hundreds still homeless following flooding

06/01/2016 | By Lucy Alderson

Hundreds of social housing tenants are still living in temporary accommodation due to the floods which swept through parts of the UK over the Christmas period.

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Report finds mismanagement at Welsh landlord

06/01/2016 | By Corin Williams

A Welsh Government-commissioned report into housing association Tai Cantref found evidence of mismanagement, Inside Housing understands.

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Chief executive placed on leave after government inquiry

16/12/2015 | By Pete Apps

A Welsh housing association has placed its chief executive on leave following a government-led inquiry into the organisation.

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Welsh Government decides against rent cut

16/12/2015 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government has decided against imposing a George Osborne-style rent cut on social housing providers.