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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

CHC responds to UK Government Budget 2018


Today’s UK Government Budget has seen Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond reveal his spending plans for 2019/20, including a number of major announcements on housing and welfare spending. Major announcements include:

  • £1bn of investment over five years to help support the...more

CHC reveals Universal Credit is ploughing Welsh housing association tenants into £2m of debt


New figures have revealed that Welsh housing association tenants on Universal Credit are in £2.282m worth of debt – an increase of 150% since December 2017.

We commissioned research of nearly 7000 people, which shows the average rent arrears of a tenant claiming Universal Credit is now...more

CHC responds to Welsh Government Budget announcement


Welsh Government has today published its budget for 2019/20, with Cabinet Secretary for Finance Mark Drakeford AM confirming that funding for homelessness and Supporting People will be ringfenced until the end of this Assembly term.

The announcement follows the nationwide Housing...more

CHC responds to DWP funding announcement for Universal Support


The UK Government has this morning announced that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will fund Citizens Advice to provide Universal Support from April 2019.

Universal Support is designed to help tenants prepare for Universal Credit by offering digital literacy and budgeting...more