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Welsh Government must put its money where its mouth is on housing

2013 Chwefror 27 4:34 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Housing Minister, Peter Black has expressed his concern that expenditure on Private Sector Housing Renewal has continued to fall despite the Welsh Government pledging in its National Housing Strategy that all households in Wales should have the opportunity to live in good quality homes.

Statistics released today show that during 2011-12 expenditure on private sector renewal continued to fall, with overall spending, including Disabled Facility Grants, down by 3 per cent on the previous year to £54 million.

"It is worrying that spending on the renewal of people's homes, including Disabled Facility Grants has fallen" said Mr. Black. "The Welsh Government says it is committed to 'improve the quality of existing homes' in both their Programme for Government 2011 -2016, and the Housing White Paper: 'Homes for Wales, A White Paper for Better Lives and Communities'. However, the Government is allowing expenditure on private sector renewal to fall.

"It is also worrying that assistance from local authorities is moving away from grants, to loans and residents' contributions have increased. This is at a time when individuals are struggling themselves to make ends meet."