SUMMARY OF THE LATEST NEWS ITEMS

Universal Challenge

A highly critical Universal Credit report was launched today by the think tank, The Resolution Foundation, Universal Challenge – Making a success of Universal Credit. Click to read full article

two 3d humans keep gears in hands

Free Tenant Support Events across Wales

What tenant support would you like to see in the future, come along to our free events and tell us your views.  Tenants and Landlords welcome.  Click here for further information and booking forms

 

H4W-WelshTenants-Web-ENGHomes for Wales – Our case for building a stronger Wales!

The Homes for Wales campaign brings together those who believe everyone has a right to a decent affordable home to call their own. We ask that the next Welsh Government publishes an ambitious plan for housing as part of the new Programme for Government that sets out how they will end the housing crisis in Wales.  Click here for our response Homes-for-Wales-Leaflet1.pdf (61 downloads)

 

leaseholdA brief guide for leaseholder

Since the Right to Buy was initiated tens of thousands of tenants have exercised the right to purchase a lease on their tenanted flat. However, during this period, many were poorly advised and failed to understand their full responsibilities as a leaseholder.  Click to read full article

 

eleMake your home safer in 2016

Electrical safety is something we feel strongly about at Welsh Tenants. Our association with Electrical Safety First (ESF) dates back to 2013 when mutual concerns were expressed for the rise in vulnerable people having to access the largely unregulated private rented sector. Click to read full article

 

standardsWelsh Government consults on social housing standards

Monday 18th January 2016 began a 12 week two part consultation on the setting of mandatory standards for social housing. The consultation relates to Part 4 of the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 which gave Ministers new powers Click to read full article

 

rentRent uplift for 2016 – 2017

Earlier this year the UK government in the July budget announced that social landlords in England were to introduce a 1% cut in social housing rents producing savings of around £1.5bn annually, what’s going to happen in Wales? Click to read full article

 

wthatChanges to the Welsh Tenants Structure

Over the past few years the Welsh Tenants has grappled with the question ‘how will it survive and thrive as a representative voice for tenants in Wales with zero grant funding while maintaining its mandate as a national tenant focused organisation? Click to read full article

 

resolution2015 Autumn Spending Review

A joint statement by Welsh Tenants and TPAS Cymru on the Chancellors autumn spending view. The big story of the Autumn Spending Review, was undoubtedly the climb down by the Chancellor on the withdrawal of Tax Credits that would have taken £4bn from working families or £1.46bn in Wales each year. Click to read full article

 

rent smartReform of the Private Rented Sector began 23rd Nov 15

A landmark scheme commenced in Wales on 23rd Nov, as all landlords and letting agents will be required to register as providers with Rent Smart Wales. Click here to read full article

 

Financial-inclusionConsultation on refreshing the Financial Inclusion Strategy for Wales 2016

The Welsh Government is currently revising its Financial Inclusion Strategy, with a new Strategy to be published in 2016, deadline for consultation responses is 4th January 2016. Click here to read full article

 

afford homeAffordable homes target set to be exceeded

Welsh Government has announced that it is set to exceed the targets for 10,000 affordable homes before the end of this Assembly term (May 2017). Read full article

 

dwpDWP has provided details of the UC roll out

The DWP has confirmed the details of the areas to which universal credit will roll-out between September 2015 and April 2016. Click here to read full article

 

accounts committeeResponse to the Public Accounts Committee

The Public Accounts Committee undertook an inquiry to consider how the changes to Housing Benefit introduced by the UK Government’s welfare-reform programme are impacting on Welsh councils and housing associations. Click here to read full article

 

housing wales billenants 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

 

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

 

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

 

rtb1

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

 

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

moj

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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…

 

engery

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

 

rents

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

 

cab1

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

 

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

 

Twitter: welshtenants