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In summary

A good quality home improves people’s health. We know poor housing currently costs the NHS in Wales £95 million a year in treatment costs, and that investment in warm, safe homes reduces this cost to individuals and the public purse substantially.

As well as providing good quality homes in communities across Wales, housing associations promote their tenants’ health and wellbeing through targeted support like aids and adaptations that allow people to remain independent in their home as their needs change.

They also provide specialised accommodation such as supported housing that protects people’s independence whilst meeting care and support needs. Some housing associations are also providers of high-quality registered social care services, including supported living and care homes.

Through investment in housing and increased collaboration with our partners in health and social care, we can reduce pressures on crisis services and can play a substantial role in improving people’s health, well-being and independence.

Our priorities

  • To demonstrate the wide contribution of housing associations to improving the nation’s health and well-being, and support our members to form strong strategic partnerships.

  • To provide responsive policy and operational support during the Covid-19 pandemic to housing associations that provide care and support.

  • To advocate for reform of social care so that it is fairly funded, better integrated with housing and driven by social value delivered, rather than cost.

  • To campaign in partnership for improved pay, terms and conditions, and progression opportunities for the social care workforce through the ‘Pay Them Fairly’ campaign.

  • To contribute to collaborative work with Welsh government, local authorities, and other partners to ensure equitable and efficient provision of aids and adaptations.

How we develop this area of work

We work with housing association representatives on Regional Partnership Boards (RPBs) and our care and support network to understand our members’ priorities and experiences. We actively seek opportunities to work in partnership with other bodies on these issues, including Cymorth Cymru, Welsh Local Government Association, NHS Confederation and Public Health Wales. We are also members of the National Provider Forum and the National Commissioning Board, as well as various Welsh government policy groups relevant to these issues.

For more information on how we develop policy, click here.

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