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.
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