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Welsh Government announce £30m investment in housing


Welsh Government have this week announced £76.5m worth of capital investment across Wales, with £30m extra for housing. £10m will be invested in the ''Houses into Homes'' empty homes initiative, with a further £20m for social housing grant, which will be targetted at building smaller...more

£400m funding boost for affordable homes in Wales by 2016 - Jane Hutt


Press release from Welsh Government:

A £400m funding boost to increase the supply of housing in Wales will help realise the Welsh Government’s ambitious plans to deliver 7,500 new affordable homes by 2016, Finance Minister Jane Hutt announced today (Friday 3 May).

Despite UK...more

Don’t forget housing in bed blocking debate


The need for good housing should not be forgotten in the debate about accident and emergency delays and delayed discharge from hospital, warns Care & Repair Cymru, the older people’s housing champion. It follows the recent announcement by Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, of measures to...more

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