Since the Housing Bill passed just before the summer, we’ve seen some changes in the Welsh Government. We’re still waiting on the Code of Practice to be compiled, which will be vital in ensuring basic standards for tenants, and for the Renting Homes Bill to be introduced in the spring.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Housing and Regeneration is no more and housing is now part of the portfolio of re-shuffled Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths. Whilst we do not doubt her abilities, we do worry about the lack of a Housing Minister. We’ve written to her recently to ask for her views on the latest housing legislation developments in the UK. See the letter here.
We’re also seeking more information through AMs on the Renting Homes Bill and are working with Generation Rent to ensure we link up as fully as possible with UK housing campaigns. There is much renters’ action in cities across the country, but due to the nature of legislation at Westminster, Assembly and Local Authority levels, renters’ groups may focus on different issues according to their area’s need. We’re focusing on making sure that tenants’ voices are heard as ground-breaking legislation passes through the Welsh Assembly.
We’ll keep you updated and let you know when to get involved. For now, here’s a date for your diary: Rent Freedom Day on February 4th, 2015. Check out Generation Rent’s page campaign day and we should be seeing you there…