Housing (Wales) Bill Workshops

Published 30/08/2013   |   Last Updated 30/08/2013

Back in July the First Minister for Wales updated us on the Welsh Government’s legislative programme and discussed the 8 Bills that will be introduced this year.One of those Bills was the Housing (Wales) Bill. The First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones said: “It will strengthen homelessness legislation by putting more emphasis on prevention. It will improve standards in the private rented sector by introducing a licensing system for landlords and letting agents. "It will allow local authorities to charge a higher rate of council tax on long-term empty properties and will assist the development of housing co-operatives. The Bill will also set standards for local authority rents, service charges and quality of accommodation. It will place duties on local authorities to meet the needs of Gypsies and Travellers, and, following agreement with the Treasury, the Bill will abolish the housing revenue account subsidy system, giving local authorities the flexibility to invest in tenants’ homes.” The Outreach Team will be holding 2 workshops in north and south Wales during September and October. Ty Hywel, Cardiff Bay - 27 September 2013, 10:00 - 12:00 National Assembly for Wales’ North Wales Office, Colwyn Bay - 1 October 2013, 10:00 - 12:00. The workshops will aim to help you understand how laws are made in Wales, and more importantly how you can have your say on the Housing Bill with useful hints and tips. To book your place on one of our workshops please email assembly.bookings@wales.gov.uk or phone us on 0845 010 5500. To see the First Minister discussing the legislative programme during Plenary in July click here.