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£108 million investment in social housing

A significant £108 million investment in Wales’ social housing stock has been announced by Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths. The funding will be used by local authorities and Registered Social Landlords to improve people’s homes and ensure they are safe, secure and meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS). The quality of social housing in Wales continues to rise, with 67% of all social housing (149,755 homes) meeting the quality standard set by the Welsh Government, which is an increase of 7 percentage points on the previous year. As well as improving social housing, the capital grant creates jobs and training opportunities across Wales. Social landlords have procured £112 million worth of housing contracts, 82% of which have been re-invested in Wales. £38 million has gone directly on salaries for people in Wales and £53 million has been spent on goods and services from Wales-based businesses. Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Welsh Government’s focus on protecting and improving Wales’ social housing stock. Earlier this year, the Minister announced her intention to end Right to Buy in Wales, subject to a consultation which recently concluded. Taking steps to end Right Read more [...]

Buddsoddi £108 miliwn mewn tai cymdeithasol

Mae Lesley Griffiths, y Gweinidog Cymunedau a Threchu Tlodi wedi cyhoeddi y bydd £108 miliwn yn cael ei fuddsoddi yn y stoc o dai cymdeithasol. Bydd yr awdurdodau lleol a’r Landlordiaid Cymdeithasol Cofrestredig yn defnyddio’r arian i wella cartrefi pobl ac i sicrhau bod y cartrefi hynny’n ddiogel, yn gadarn ac yn cwrdd â Safon Ansawdd Tai Cymru (WHQS). Mae ansawdd tai cymdeithasol Cymru yn parhau i wella. Bellach mae 67% o’r holl gartrefi cymdeithasol (149,755 o gartrefi) yn cwrdd â’r safon ansawdd a osodir gan Lywodraeth Cymru. Mae hynny’n gynnydd o 7 % o gymharu â’r flwyddyn flaenorol. Ynghyd â gwella tai cymdeithasol, mae’r grant cyfalaf yn creu swyddi a chyfleoedd hyfforddi ledled Cymru. Mae landlordiaid cymdeithasol wedi caffael gwerth £112 miliwn o gontractau tai ac mae 82 % o’r rheini wedi’u hail-fuddsoddi yng Nghymru. Defnyddiwyd £38 miliwn yn uniongyrchol ar gyfer cyflogau pobl Cymru a defnyddiwyd £53 miliwn ar nwyddau a gwasanaethau busnesau o Gymru. Mae’r cyhoeddiad hwn heddiw yn brawf pellach bod Llywodraeth Cymru yn canolbwyntio ar amddiffyn a gwella stoc tai cymdeithasol Cymru. Yn gynharach eleni, cyhoeddodd y Gweinidog ei bwriad i ddirwyn y cynllun Hawl i Brynu i ben yng Nghymru, yn Read more [...]

Jobs Growth Wales

£25 million of European funding has been approved to support the continuation of our Jobs Growth Wales programme. This investment will support the creation of 8,955 new job opportunities for 16-24 year olds over the next 3 years; 2,900 of which are due to be created by the end of March 2016. The programme will continue to provide unemployed young people with a job for six months which will be paid at or above the National Minimum Wage. The intention is that all jobs will be sustained by the host employer after the 6 month period has been completed. We are currently working with our delivery agents and employers to create new job opportunities for the programme. If you are a young person and would like careers support or advice, or you would like to register your interest in Jobs Growth Wales, please speak to your local Careers Wales Office on 0800 028 4844. If you are an employer and would like further information, or would like to register your interest in the new programme then contact 03000 603 000. Read more [...]