Our Bold Vision for Social Housing Policy in Wales; Aaron Hill, Assistant Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Community Housing Cymru, Tells Us Why the Current Independent Review of Affordable Housing Supply in Wales Is a Fantastic Opportunity to Help Solve the Housing Crisis. Apt O

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Our Bold Vision for Social Housing Policy in Wales; Aaron Hill, Assistant Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Community Housing Cymru, Tells Us Why the Current Independent Review of Affordable Housing Supply in Wales Is a Fantastic Opportunity to Help Solve the Housing Crisis. Apt O


In a society where people are sleeping rough, struggling to make ends meet and longing for a roof over their head, Welsh housing associations have a clear vision to make good housing a basic right for all in Wales.

When we at Community Housing Cymru launched this vision last year, we called on the Welsh Government to undertake an independent review of housing policy to enable our members to deliver on their vision and their ambition to deliver 75,000 affordable homes by 2036. We think that the review of affordable housing supply, launched by Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans AM earlier this year, presents a fantastic opportunity to look at how we can deliver this vision.

The review, which is being chaired by Lynn Pamment of PwC, with the support of an impressive independent panel, is the first in-depth look at housing policy in Wales for a decade, and will consider how we can increase the number of social homes we build in Wales, as well as looking at issues such as how we ensure rents remain truly affordable and how we build zero-carbon homes.

When we brought our members - the housing associations of Wales - together last year and collectively asked them what they wanted to achieve over the next 20 years, it was clear that there needed to be much greater ambition in housing policy in Wales. The housing association sector in Wales has grown considerably, and while they all had their own individual visions for how they would shape and support their communities, they were united by a common purpose. Throughout the 12 months and more than 500 conversations we had in and outside the sector in creating our Housing Horizons vision, that purpose was clear - good housing should be a basic right for all.

So, what exactly is good housing? Good housing is a starting point to successful lives, including better health and education. We build our lives around our home and if your home isn't working for you, it affects everything. Our vision is not just about building a good home, but also about providing foundations for a strong social and community connections around that home.

We know that if you have a good home, for example, it can make you healthier. There is a tangible link between good housing and good health. One of the key aspects of our vision is that housing associations want to take the lead on delivering zero-carbon homes to provide warmth, security and low-cost fuel bills for tenants, not just in new homes but in existing stock too.

We also know that a good home makes you more connected with your local community. …

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