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Homes for Wales Update - September 2014

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Wales’ first ever housing act aims to improve the supply, quality and standards of housing in Wales.
Wales’ first ever Housing Act is a historical milestone for the Welsh Government.

The sealing ceremony for the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 took place on the 17 September and marks the completion of work initially developed by my predecessors, Huw Lewis and Carl Sargeant. It is the culmination of extensive work that has involved wide ranging public consultation and engagement with our stakeholders.

The Act will have a positive impact and make a difference to people’s lives. Tackling inequality, poverty and enabling social justice are at the heart of the Act. It has received widespread support from organisations and individuals from inside and outside the housing sector and is something of which we should be proud. As Shelter Cymru so aptly put it, it is without doubt one of the most important developments for people and homes in Wales for a generation.

I know that previous Ministers have on many occasions expressed their thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Bill and this Update gives me the opportunity to give my thanks across the housing sector.

The introduction of the Act is the beginning of the considerable work that will be needed for its implementation. I am committed to working closely with organisations inside and outside the housing sector and look forward to everyone’s contribution to help deliver our shared aims of making a difference to people’s lives and doing more to help meet their housing needs.

Work to implement the different elements of the Act is underway and my officials will be in contact with many working throughout the sector over the coming months.

Thank you once again for all of your contributions during the development of this legislation and thank you in advance for your valuable input to its implementation.

Lesley Griffiths
Minister with responsibility for Housing and Regeneration

For further information see The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 (External link) and Explanatory Memorandum (External link).

There is information on each part of the Act on the Welsh Government website:

Part 1: Regulation of private rented housing
Part 2: Homelessness
Part 3: Gypsy and Travellers
Part 4: Standards for social housing
Part 5: Housing Finance
Part 6: Allowing fully mutual housing associations to grant assured tenancies
Part 7: Council tax for certain types of dwelling
Part 8: Amendment of The Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993