SUMMARY OF THE LATEST NEWS ITEMS
Have your say in Tenant Participation for the future, the Welsh Government has extended the Tenant Participation Survey deadline. Read full article
The Castle Street Playground Group, Bala has been successful in being shortlisted for the People’s Millions which means that the group has a 50/50 chance of winning a grant of £50,000. A short film about the project will be shown on ITV Wales news on the 26th November and they’ll be against one other project in South Wales. Read full article to see how you can show your support.
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
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.
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
The Welsh Government is looking to explore tenants’ views on tenant participation with regards to their views on areas such as what aspects of tenant participation are most effective and are most helpful and what do tenants’ need in order to fully engage in tenant participation. Read article
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
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
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
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
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. View full article
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