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CHC responds to housing needs announcement by Plaid Cymru


Plaid Cymru has today announced that a further 20,000 homes are needed to meet demand in the social housing sector in Wales.

The announcement by Plaid Cymru comes as a consultation is launched on how to resolve the housing supply problem in Wales, with Leanne Wood AM adding that an...more

CHC and partner federations urge six changes to be made to Universal Credit policy


There are currently 76,000 Universal Credit claimants across Wales and the benefit is now the default for most working age people needing financial support.

The intention by UK Government is that all eligible claimants will be transferred to the new system by the end of 2023. At the end...more

CHC responds to Welsh Government’s housing needs report


A report released by Welsh Government today has revealed that an average of 8,300 additional housing units will be required annually in Wales over the next five years.

The report, based on a new method of calculating housing need and demand in Wales, shows that the number of homes being...more

CHC urges Universal Credit amendment to ensure tenants aren’t underpaid


Welsh Housing Association tenants could be underpaid a week’s rent due to the way the current Universal Credit system is set up.

Under the Housing Benefit system, housing costs are paid weekly. Under Universal Credit, payment cycles are monthly, calculated by multiplying weekly payment...more

CHC releases socio-economic impact report


Figures released today shows the vital role of Welsh Housing Associations to the economy in Wales. We commissioned Beaufort to gather data from Welsh housing associations for the latest socio-economic impact report.

The report shows that:

  • Over £1.2billion spent in 2017/18, up 13.5%...more

CHC responds to Department for Work and Pensions announcement


The Department for Work and Pensions has announced plans to abandon a benefits limit on families with more than two children, born before the system was introduced in April 2017.

There are currently 68,000 claimants of Universal Credit in Wales, a third of these claimants have...more

CHC responds to appointment of Minister for Housing and Local Government


The new First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford has today announced his cabinet.

Stuart Ropke, Chief Executive at Community Housing Cymru said:

“We welcome the appointment of Julie James to position of Minister for Housing and Local Government.

The elevation of housing to the cabinet...more

CHC announces launch of new podcast


At CHC we’re really pleased to launch our new podcast: ‘Around The Houses.’

The podcast addresses issues affecting social housing, and aims to show the sector is more than just bricks and mortar. Each episode sets out to unpick a matter impacting the social housing sector, and the...more

Wales’ Affordable Housing Review is “once in a generation opportunity”


Affordable Housing Review panel urged to be bold, brave and think long-term in recommendations to achieve 75,000 homes goal by 2036.

In November 2017, we called for a review of affordable housing policy in Wales to enable housing associations to achieve their full potential.

The review...more

CHC responds to report on Universal Credit


UK Government yesterday released the report of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) following their scrutiny of the Universal Credit managed migration regulations. As part of this scrutiny of the regulations, they undertook a consultation, with recommendations on how UK...more