CIH Cymru say aspirations in new Welsh Government strategy must be backed up in practice
First Minister Carwyn Jones today launched the Prosperity for All strategy, building on the commitments laid out in the programme for government to produce a long-term vision for Wales. The announcement included several noteworthy details for housing professionals:
- Increased focus on the link between big infrastructure projects and new housebuilding
- An emphasis on addressing rough sleeping
- Capital budgets to be aligned across housing, health and social care, using the approach adopted under the intermediate care fund
- Co-ordinated planning of new homes, facilities and infrastructure by local authorities, health bodies, housing associations and other partners.
Responding to the announcement Matt Dicks, director of CIH Cymru, said:
“Today’s publication of “Prosperity for All” by the First Minister Carwyn Jones rightly highlights housing as a key priority in Wales with the need to address rough sleeping and boost housing supply front and centre. It is very encouraging to see an acknowledgement of the role large-scale projects like the South Wales Metro, and Wylfa Newydd could play in boosting the supply of new homes. In addition to strengthening links between housing, health and social care by aligning capital budgets and ensuring a coordinated approach across these partners in delivering new homes.
It is vital that these aspirations for Wales translate clearly in practice. This must also mean supporting the sector to overcome barriers to building more, mitigating the impact of welfare changes and ensuring affordable housing remains just that for people who need it most.
We look forward to playing a leading role in addressing these challenges and nurturing partnerships further, working with our new cohort of young housing professionals through our Housing Futures Cymru panel, who along with their peers should be at the heart of leading positive change across the housing sector and beyond.”