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18 June 2024

CHC gives evidence to Senedd committee’s social housing supply inquiry

CHC gives evidence to Senedd committee’s social housing supply inquiry

Our deputy CEO and director of policy and external affairs Clarissa Corbisiero gave evidence to the Senedd’s Local Government and Housing Committee earlier this month, as part of its inquiry into social housing supply.

In a session which also included Matt Dicks, director of CIH Cymru, Clarissa discussed topics such as:

  • measuring housing need, and local housing market assessments;

  • use of land, and best practice by housing associations;

  • acquisitions as an important part of the mix of ways of providing social homes;

  • the transitional accommodation capital programme (TACP);

  • right to buy buy-backs;

  • the cumulative impact on social housing providers of Welsh Government’s vast reform agenda;

  • modern methods of construction, and modular homes;

  • planning and consenting system challenges;

  • funding, grants, rent and what introducing certainty into an uncertain system could do for the delivery of social homes;

  • private finance and borrowing capacity for housing associations.

You can watch Clarissa’s evidence session back on Senedd.TV. A full transcript is available here.

Further recommendations

To help the committee examine the challenges, barriers and opportunities in delivering new social homes that housing associations have faced and found in recent weeks, months and years, we also submitted a detailed response to its initial consultation.

Our recommendations to the committee were:

  • We need a long-term, joined-up strategic approach for Wales.

  • The overall funding environment must reflect strategic priorities

  • Systemic barriers to development need to be tackled

  • Urgent action is needed to address process issues preventing new homes being built in the short-term

Download our full inquiry response here, and read our blog explaining the context to what we said and why here.