SUMMARY OF THE LATEST NEWS ITEMS

 

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Welsh Tenants Annual Conference 23rd & 24th Sept

The Building Bridges conference is both a positive affirmation of the approach the government in Wales is taking on housing, and an exploration of what is still required to address the key concerns of people whom rent.  Click here to read full article

 

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STEP Up – Tenant Support Programme

Our STEP UP partnership provides a solution, it equips your intervention team with the tools to better support and enable your renters to manage their homes more effectively.

The Tenancy Sustainability Programme has been designed in consultation with key stakeholders, as a cost effective method for housing providers to prepare, new and vulnerable, tenants for the challenges of managing a tenancy. Click here to read full article

 

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Tenants delighted at the response by the CELGC on the Renting Homes (Wales) Bill

The Communities Equalities and Local Government Committee of the Senedd has produced their scrutiny report of the Renting Homes (Wales) bill today, and as suspected on a bill of this size and scope, there are a number of recommendations – 36 in all.  Click here to read full article

 

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New bill announcements set to cause further hardship

Interrogation by the Welsh Tenants of DWP data, reveals there are 247,922 claimants in receipt of housing benefit in Wales as of February 2015. Click here to read full article

 

gold houseWelsh housing sector missing out on nuggets of gold that can improve services according to tenants

The results were published of the national survey of tenants in April. The survey commissioned by CH Cymru with support from the Welsh Government has helped regulators and other stakeholders to profile a picture of tenant satisfaction across Wales’ housing association sector. Click here to read full article

 

imagesThe Conservative Government announces its legislative programme

On the 27th May the Conservative government announced their full legislative programme for 2015-2020 through the Queens speech.  Click here to Read full article.

 

WHQBoost deliver WHQS

A significant £108 million investment in Wales’ social housing stock has today been announced by Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths.

The funding will be used by LA and RSL’s to improve people’s homes and ensure they are safe, secure and meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). Click here to read full article

 

 

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To Buy or Not To Buy.  This is the question!

In recent weeks the minister for The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty has consulted on modifying or removing right to buy & right to acquire. The Welsh Tenants held two events in  to discuss the white paper proposals along with support from TPAS Cymru.  Click here to read full article

 

HFWHomes for Wales Bulletin

This Homes for Wales Bulletin is the latest in a series of action by the Welsh Government to improving housing, people’s lives and communities.  Health, well-being, education, jobs and local communities are all aspects of life that are affected by the homes in which people live.  It is vital that everyone has a decent place to live.  In partnership with many other organisations, the Welsh Government is taking action to make a difference to people’s lives. Click here to view bulletin

 

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Have you ever borrowed money?

The Young Federation are carrying out a project in Wales to find out more about the experience people have.  Gift vouchers will be issued to selected participants.  Read full article

 

renting homes billRenting Homes (Wales) Bill gets tenant scrutiny

The National Assembly, Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee chair Christine Chapman AM whose committee will scrutinize the bill, organised a series of round table discussions with tenants from all the primary markets impacted by the Renting (Homes) Wales bill.  Read full article

 

h actExemptions to the Council Tax premium on Long-Term Empty Homes in Wales

The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 which received Royal Assent on 17 Sept 2014 gives Local Authorities the discretion to charge Council Tax premiums on long-term empty homes and second homes in Wales.  Read full article

 

electricalCall for 5 year Electrical Safety Check

Welsh Tenants were pleased to be a partner in the calls for better electrical safety in rented homes in Wales, with an introduction of a 5 year electrical safety test.  Read full article

 

carbonCarbon Monoxide alarms to be fitted to PRS homes in England – should Wales follow

Welsh Tenants welcomes the news by the Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG) (11 March 2015) that Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt announced that it is now mandatory for private landlords to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in rented properties in England. Read full article

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Enforced SAR Charges confirmed

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is set to bring into force section 56 of the DPA, covering enforced subject access requests, on 10 March 2015.  Read full article

 

Welsh Government – Direct Payment Reportdr

Welsh Government task and finish group published its report today Direct payments of Housing Benefit in the social Rented Sector and Sustainable Tenancies that looked into how the sector can better support people and to mitigate the impacts of welfare reform.  Read full article

 

 

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Renting Homes Introduction

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty has introduced the Renting Homes (Wales) bill into the National Assembly on the 9th February 2015. The bill is the culmination of many years work to simplify housing law in Wales.  Read full article

 

cavityResearch of failure cavity wall insulation in Wales – call for evidence

Due to the significant rise in the occurrence of mould growth, condensation and other issues in properties that appear to have received insulation in the past 15 years, Wales Zero Carbon hub has commissioned Building Research Excellence (BRE) to undertake research. Read full article

 

RTBShould we put an end to right to buy and right to acquire?

Lesley Griffiths Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, who also has the housing brief, has announced consultation on the potential ending of Right to buy (RTB) and Right to Acquire (RTA) in Wales, if the electorate chooses the Labour Party to be the next government from May 2016, although presumably, will provide the evidence base to commit any party elected thereafter to the change. The consultation will run from 22nd January 2015 – 16th April 2015.  Read full article

 

welfareManaging the impact of Welfare Reform changes on social housing tenants in Wales

The publication by the Auditor General for Wales of research relating to the management of welfare reform in Wales provides predictably sober reading.  Read full article

 

CTAnti-Social Behaviour – The new Community Trigger

The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2013 came into force earlier this year (2014) along with it a new provision disappointingly labelled ‘the community trigger’. We certainly prefer the term ‘community remedy’, and although the term is used by some forces the measure is collectively referred to as the community trigger or CT.  Read full article

 

5050-Logo150:50 Campaign – Get more woman voices heard

Over the years women have played a key and influential role in our organisation. But we can do more to ensure that women continue to be heard. In this regard we wholly endorse the 50:50 by 2020 campaign.  Read full article..

 

 

cold water paymentsMr Frosty!  Cold Weather Payments Info

Winter is that time of year when as a community we should be watching gout for one another. Thousands of people succumb to cold winters particularly the elderly, people in ill health and the vulnerable. Thankfully, around 1.4 million pensioners will qualify for the discount this year, the vast majority of pensioners on Pension Credit will not have to do anything as they will receive a £140 discount automatically. Read full article..

 

lawCalling all tenants, new laws new rules

Have you experienced problems with housing New laws will shortly be considered in Wales to better protect tenants and enable them to understand their rights and obligations. Read full article

 

 

moneyTenant Organisations on the gurney

News that TAROE (Tenants And Residents Association of England) returned a £30,000 loss in their annual accounts for 2013-14 with just £5,500 income is worrying not just for England’ tenants. The implications of the government decision to withdraw funding is sure to have resonance for tenant representation here in Wales.  Read full article 

 

section 21.jpgAttempts to curb unreasonable use of Section 21

Attempts to curb unreasonable use of section 21 Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather made a valiant attempt to introduce a private members bill that sought to provide a defence for tenants who are victims of retaliatory evictions.  Read full article…

 

chancellorThe Chancellors Autumn Statement to Parliament.

The Chancellors has now presented his Autumn statement to Parliament please click here for the summary of what was announced with various links

 

immChecking the immigration status of prospective tenants

The UK government has introduced radically new provisions to check the immigration status of prospective tenants. The new provisions are contained in Part 3 of the Immigration Act 2014 which received Royal assent on the 14th May 2014. Read full article

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Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre Wales

The Renewable Heat Incentive is a scheme that pays participants to heat their homes with renewables. Did you know that on average 75% of household energy bills are as a result of heating & hot water. Read full article

 

 

1homeMake sure your home is safe this winter

Hello fellow tenants. It’s that time of year when things can turn quickly from a season of joy to a time of great distress.  Making sure your home is safe is something every tenant should consider.  Read full article for safety tips.

 

housesMore than 2000 people have been on a housing waiting list for over a decade.

More than 2,000 people have been on a housing waiting list for more than a decade, according to research by the Welsh Liberal Democrats.  The party claims nearly 9,000 people have been waiting for more than five years for a home.   Cardiff Council had the highest number of people waiting for at least half a decade (1,297) while Caerphilly had the most waiting more than 10 years (375). Read full article

 

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Affordable rent supply overtakes social rent

The number of affordable rent homes built in the last financial year exceeded the number of social rent homes for the first time, statistics released today show.  Read article

 

injunctionCounty court granted an injunction to replace fire doors

There is a presumption that any renewals undertaken by tenants are an ‘improvement’, but that’s not necessarily always the case. What is seen as a renewal by the tenant, can in fact be a demotion of a standard, that’s why in tenancy terms there is a standard clause contained in contracts that requires the consent of landlords before making an improvement or altering fixtures in a property. Read full article

 

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How a Council is ‘Making welfare work – locally’

Many local authorities in Wales are working hard to help mitigate the impact of welfare reforms. Clearly proactive work is helping to understand the impacts and help tenants to cope with the changes. View full article

 

 

btvValleys To Coast offers tenants support to appeal the bedroom tax

Valleys to Coast Housing Association supported by partners, have informed their tenants they can appeal the bedroom tax in a new leaflet that explains that even if you have been awarded Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) you may still be able to appeal bedroom tax decision, read full article

 

job center plusConcerns raised about work related conditions for JSA Claimants who are homeless.

Welsh Tenants have been informed that due to concerns raised about work related conditions for JSA claimants who are homeless the Department for Work and Pensions are introducing ‘easements’ from Monday 21 July 2014.  View full article

 

WHQ FODWelsh Housing Quality Standards – Focus On Delivery Charter

The charter is aimed at social landlords seeking to involve their tenants in monitoring not just the bricks and mortar of WHGS planning and delivery but also services.

A helpful tool has been developed with the support of Caerphilly Tenants Information Exchange, Caerphilly CBC and APA Ltd together with the Welsh Tenants and funded by the Tenant Empowerment Grant scheme:   click here to download charter

 

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