On 16th July 2012, Business, Enterprise and Technology Minister Edwina Hart announced the setting up of the Welsh Co-operative and Mutuals Commission (the Commission), under the Chairmanship of Professor Andrew Davies, Swansea University’s Strategic Adviser. The remit of the Commission...more
In a report published today, “Universal Credit implementation: meeting the needs of vulnerable claimants”, the Work and Pensions Committee concludes that the Government has designed a welfare system which should help ease the transition from benefits to work, but warns that significant...more
The Welfare Reform Act received Royal Assent in March this year. The Act introduces a new Universal Credit which will replace most existing benefits and limits the total amount of benefit a person can claim. It also introduces a new size criteria or ‘bedroom tax’ in the social rented...more
The upcoming welfare reform changes, including the introduction of Universal Credit, and the removal of the direct payment of housing benefit to landlords, will expose many of the most vulnerable people in society to challenges they have never faced before. To date, UK Government have...more
Independent research suggests that the Welsh Government’s target of building 7,500 new affordable homes by 2015 can be achieved, but only if the current level of investment is sustained. This is according to a report by the Welsh Economic Research Unit (WERU), commissioned by Community...more
In a joint announcement today, the Welsh and UK Governments have announced progress on the future funding of Wales.
Both Governments have commied to negotiating to achieve a sustainable arrangement for Welsh devolved funding and the UK public finances, that each can accept as being...more
Following on from the Wales Audit Office report in January, the Welsh Government have this week published a report on the progress of the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.
The key points from the latest release are:
- At 31 March 2012 a total of 72,329 social housing dwellings (33...more
The Welsh Government has today published their Draft Budget proposals for 2013-14. CHC believe that the draft budget is far short of the type of stimulus package being debated at UK level.
Yesterday Ed Balls used his speech at the Labour Party conference in Manchester to spell out...more
Nick Bennett, Group Chief Executive of Community Housing Cymru said: ‘Our members, Welsh housing associations, are working hard to implement and communicate the latest round of welfare reform changes. Housing benefit reform is already creating rises in homelessness applications and...more
An additional £5million for the Empty Homes recyclable loan, a mortgage guarantee scheme for first time buyers and an additional £6million for the Welsh Housing Partnership were announced as part of the Welsh Government’s Infrastructure Investment Plan for Growth and Jobs today.