Policy Forum for Wales

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Priorities for housing in Wales

Morning, Thursday, 16th May 2024


This conference will examine priorities for housing in Wales, including options for improving affordability and supply of housing, and accelerating progress towards the ambition to end homelessness.


It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to assess relevant policy developments, including:

  • the Government’s White Paper on ending homelessness in Wales, including proposals on local authority responsibilities around potential home loss, and the introduction of Personal Housing Plans
  • The Right to Adequate Housing, the Local Government and Housing Committee’s inquiry into housing supply
  • The Welsh Housing Quality Standard 2023, which looks to build upon the WHQS to improve the quality of social housing in Wales
  • Social housing supply, the Local Government and Housing Committee’s inquiry into progress towards the target of 20,000 new low carbon social homes for rent by 2026
  • Plaid Cymru’s proposal for Unnos, a publicly-owned construction company as part of the Cooperation Agreement

Delegates will consider strategic options for tackling key issues in the delivery of high-quality housing stock in Wales, including supply shortages, rising costs of materials, and issues surrounding the planning system, as well how rising demand can be met so as to prevent increasing levels of homelessness and rough sleeping.


Delivery of early intervention measures will be discussed, including proposals from the Welsh Government for revised responsibilities of local authorities to step in six months prior to potential home loss and the introduction of Personal Housing Plans. Discussion will also consider next steps for the supply, access and security of social housing, as well as international best practice.


In the context of cost-of-living pressures, we expect discussion on the way forward for improving finance options for prospective buyers, and tackling challenges faced by landlords and tenants trying to enter the private rented sector.


Further sessions assess progress since the Welsh Government-commissioned Independent Review of Affordable Housing Supply, which made recommendations around quality standards, finance, rent policy, the role of local government, innovation, and the need for data and evidence.


We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with the chair of the review, Lynn Pamment. Also taking part as a keynote speaker is Cenydd Rowlands, Property Director, Development Bank of Wales.


Sessions in the agenda include:

  • key issues: the state of the housing sector in Wales - priorities going forward
  • ending homelessness: strategic options - prevention and early intervention - local authority responsibilities - findings from the White Paper consultation - international best practice
  • progress: assessing developments and implementation since the 2019 Independent Review of Affordable Housing Supply
  • affordability: improving access to social housing - private rental costs - access to finance and mortgage products - rights of tenants and landlords - resolving disputes
  • supply and quality: achieving house building targets - improving the planning system - tackling construction costs and availability of materials - building environmentally sustainable homes 
  • policy: priorities for the supply, quality and affordability of housing in Wales

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DLUHC; DWP; HMRC; and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speaker

Cenydd Rowlands

Property Director, Development Bank of Wales

Keynote Speakers

Lynn Pamment

Chair, Independent Review of Affordable Housing Supply (2019)

Cenydd Rowlands

Property Director, Development Bank of Wales

Speakers

Debbie Thomas

Head of Policy and Communications Wales, Crisis

Andy Sutton

Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Sero

Ifan Glyn

Director, Federation of Master Builders

Jocelle Lovell

Director of Inclusive Communities, Cwmpas

Neil Barber

Executive Director, Property and Investment, Pobl Group

Dr Edith England

Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Practice, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Tim Thomas

Policy and Campaigns Officer, Propertymark

Councillor Craig ab Iago

Cabinet Member for Housing, Cyngor Gwynedd

Louise Howells

Partner, Blake Morgan