On this page we will be sharing recent news on housing, social issues, welfare reform and what’s going on in the housing sector.
What does the UK Government Budget 2018 mean for housing?
Community Housing Cymru has broken down the UK budget in their detailed briefing with announcements on Universal Credit, Brexit preparations and funding for Welsh Government.
Key headlines from the budget include:
- £1bn of investment over 5 years to help the transition to Universal Credit.
- An additional £1.7bn funding each year to increase Work Allowances in Universal Credit
- The removal of the Housing Revenue Borrowing Cap for local authorities in England and Wales.
- An additional £550m for Welsh Government budget through the Barnett consequentials.
- £120m for the North Wales Growth Deal.
- An additional £500m for Brexit preparations.
- A share of a £200m for the Valleys to pilot innovative approaches to deploying full fibre internet in rural locations.
Welsh Government will safeguard homelessness and housing support funding
This decision comes twelve months after the initial proposal to merge 10 government grants to create a new Early Intervention, Prevention and Support (EIPS) super-grant in 2019/20.
Welsh Government has confirmed its decision to split their proposed Early Intervention and Prevention Grant into two - a Housing Support Grant and a Children and Communities Grant. This comes following careful evaluation of the work in seven pathfinder local authority to test the proposed grant.
From 2019/20, a Housing Support Grant will include Supporting People, Homelessness Prevention and Rent Smart Wales enforcement funding. A Children and Communities Grant will include Flying Start, Families First and other funds such as the St David’s Day Fund and the Legacy Fund.
These arrangements will remain in place for the remainder of this Assembly term and will apply to all local authorities in Wales.
These new proposals have been welcomed by Cymorth Cymru and Community Housing Cymru following the Housing Matters Wales campaign.
Read the written statement from Welsh Government
Read Cymorth Cymru’s response here and CHC’s response here