Bob Smith is Chair of Welsh Government’s Regulatory Advisory Group and a member of the Regulatory Board for Wales, we are pleased to share a blog post he recently wrote for Welsh Housing Quarterly. He tells us how the Regulatory Framework for Housing Association in Wales can ensure tenants are at the heart of what we do.
If we’ve learned anything over the last few years, it’s that you cannot believe the polls. People change their minds in the ballot box and polling isn’t as accurate as we might like to believe. But last week’s polls ahead of the US midterms ended up being fairly accurate, allowing Democrats to breathe a sigh of relief and relax slightly, knowing that they have regained control of the House of Representatives and can make it harder for the President to pass legislation.
As part of its commitment to supporting people to reach their aspirations, Taff Housing core funds a careers programme called ‘Building Futures’. The programme offers access to quality volunteering placements, free accredited training, apprenticeships and partnerships with local schools, further education and higher education.
The detailed Welsh Government budget was released this week, and is likely to be the last Budget that Mark Drakeford will publish as Finance Secretary given the Welsh Labour leadership race is now well underway. The headlines were published a few weeks ago and there were several announcements in it that will impact on the Welsh Housing Sector. The big announcement that we saw in the draft budget was that funding for Supporting People and homelessness will be ring-fenced until the end of this Assembly term, following our Housing Matters Wales campaign with Cymorth Cymru. The long term certainty this announcement brings will ensure that many of the projects run by housing associations in Wales are able to continue to support thousands of people every year, from domestic abuse survivors to people with mental health issues.