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.

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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.

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Last weekend saw Plaid Cymru have become the third party in the Assembly this year to return a new leader in Adam Price, the Assembly Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr. Adam Price beat previous leader Leanne Wood and Rhun ap Iorwerth to the post by taking 49.7% of first preference votes, which meant he didn’t quite reach the requisite 50% mark, leading to Leanne Wood being knocked out of the contest and her second preference votes being redistributed. Second preference votes gave Adam Price 618 more votes, meaning he beat Rhun ap Iorwerth by 3,481 votes to 1,961.

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