2016 Annual Report

Homes for Wales Campaign

Mid-Wales Housing staff joined hundreds of people from all over Wales to attend the Homes for Wales rally in Cardiff in March 2016. The campaign highlighted that housing needs to be a key political issue ahead of the National Assembly for Wales elections. 

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Alwena Richards

Communications Officer

The event, which started outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay with rallying speeches from organisations such as Youth Cymru, RCN Wales and the Church in Wales, was followed by campaigners marching to Cardiff city centre.

Shane Perkins, Chief Executive of Mid-Wales Housing said “We are proud supporters of this campaign. There remains a chronic undersupply of affordable housing throughout Wales. In the Mid-Wales region, recent research shows a need for around 450 new homes a year, a target woefully under-provided for at the moment. By joining together, we can speak with one voice and stand behind one simple message “End the Housing Crisis, build a Stronger Wales”. 

"Along with other organisations, some of those attending from Mid-Wales Housing went one step further to support the campaign rally by cycling from Powys to Cardiff which was a great achievement."

Stuart Ropke, Chief Executive of Community Housing Cymru (CHC) and Homes for Wales member, said: “The housing crisis is not just about houses – it’s about homes, it’s about people, it’s about communities. A home is one of the most basic but most vital building blocks of life and there simply aren’t enough affordable homes in Wales for those that need them.

“In a recent poll by the Wales Governance Centre, housing featured sixth on the list of priorities of the Welsh electorate ahead of May’s election. The top five priorities were Health, Immigration, Economy, Welfare and Education - we know that good quality affordable housing is key to these priorities and that’s what we’ll be promoting at the Homes for Wales rally today.”

Kevin Howell, Director of the Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru and Homes for Wales member added: “The housing crisis in Wales is all too real. Since 2008, house prices have risen by 16%. 152,000 20-34 years old still live at home, and 8,596 families have been on the housing waiting list since before the last election. The campaign’s message is simple - it calls for the next Welsh Government to commit to publishing an ambitious plan for housing as part of the new programme for government which sets out how they will end the housing crisis in Wales.”

Over a thousand people have supported the campaign online and celebrity supporters include Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, Welsh legend Max Boyce, Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert, Welsh film producer and actor Jonny Owen and BAFTA award-winning actress Vicky McClure.

The Homes for Wales campaign is led by a coalition of eight cross-tenure organisations - Community Housing Cymru (CHC), Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru, Welsh Tenants, Home Builders’ Federation, Residential Landlords’ Association, Royal Town Planning Institute, Care & Repair Cymru and Shelter Cymru.

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