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Welsh Government’s wellbeing statement announced


The Deputy Minister for Social Services in Wales, Gwenda Thomas recently announced her Well-being statement for people who need care and support and carers who need support. This has been announced to tie in with the publication of the Welsh Government’s Strategy for improvement and...more

Health and Homeless Standards


First introduced in 2009 the standards aim to ensure access to healthcare for some of the most vulnerable groups in society. Community Housing Cymru Group is pleased to acknowledge the launch of the revised Health and Homeless Standards announced recently by Prof. Sir Mansel Aylward at...more

New Model Rules for housing associations in Wales


A bespoke set of Model Rules for Housing Associations in Wales that were recently accepted by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) have now been published.

There was strong support from the sector, the Welsh Government, the CHC Group, and other key stakeholders for the development...more

Universal Credit Pathfinders delayed


The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that most of the Pathfinders testing out Universal Credit in the north west are to be delayed until later this year.

Trials in all four local authority test areas – Tameside, Oldham, Wigan and Warrington – were due to go live on 29...more

Welfare Defence Programme urgently needed in Wales as ‘bedroom tax’ hits


Community Housing Cymru (CHC), the membership body for housing associations in Wales, is today urging the Welsh Government to support a ‘Welfare Defence Programme’ to mitigate against the worst effects of Welfare Reform. Their call comes as the so called ‘bedroom tax’ is introduced –...more

CHC comment on the Chancellor’s budget


Commenting on the Chancellor’s budget, Nick Bennett, Group Chief Executive of Community Housing Cymru said: “We welcome measures to boost housing affordability and construction as well as the additional £161m in Welsh Government capital ''spending power'' boost over the next two years....more

CHC calls for Welfare Defence Programme to protect Welsh tenants


Community Housing Cymru – the membership body for housing associations in Wales – has welcomed the announcement today of further funding to mitigate the impact of welfare reforms, and called upon Welsh Government to use the money as part of a ‘Welfare Defence Programme’ to protect...more

Silk Commission response calls for parity with Northern Ireland on welfare powers


Community Housing Cymru has today submitted evidence to the second part of the Commission on Devolution in Wales (The Silk Commission).

In our response, we have called for Welsh Government to have parity with the Northern Ireland Executive on powers over welfare reform. In Northern...more

Plea to save ‘bedroom tax’ families from losing their homes


A Wales cuts watchdog is calling on the Welsh Government to protect families who could be made homeless when the new ‘bedroom tax’ kicks in.

“Many people will have to face moving to a cheaper home, if they can find one, or living with a hefty cut in benefit. Some risk falling into...more

Moneyline Merthyr Tydfil opens as CWC call for increased financial capability and debt prevention


Not-for-profit social enterprise to be opened by Huw Lewis, AM to cull high interest lender and loan shark use

Huw Lewis AM will officially open Moneyline Merthyr Tydfil today, a not-for-profit social enterprise, providing affordable loans and free money advice to people who are...more