Focusing on the key housing sector themes, Propertymark is calling for prioritisation of work with the PRS on homelessness, investment in reliable data collection, and a boost in support for decarbonisation.
Local Housing Allowance (LHA) will at last be unfrozen and Universal Credit (UC) will rise under UK Government tax and spending plans announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP, today, 22 November 2023. Rate relief and full expensing for businesses are also included.
The Welsh Government is consulting on potentially world-leading reforms that includes proposals which outline new legal duties for a range of bodies, with the acknowledgement that the keys to solving homelessness often lie with other agencies outside that system.
Propertymark has co-signed a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the Autumn Budget strongly urging action on static rates of local housing allowance (LHA) and the lack of affordable private rented homes.
Propertymark has supported the Welsh Government’s proposals to exempt hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation used for local authority homelessness purposes from occupational contracts as part of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016.
Figures released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) back up evidence given to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Commons Committee by Propertymark on 28 June 2023. Head of Policy and Campaigns Timothy Douglas warned MPs of vulnerable tenants being priced out of the market.
Responding to Welsh Parliament’s Local Government and Housing Committee inquiry looking at how incorporating the right to adequate housing into Welsh law would work in practice, Propertymark stated that it must act fairly to agents and landlords as well as consider any unintended consequences on housing providers and the market.
The Senedd Cross Party Group for Housing has written to the Welsh Government regarding their 2023-2024 draft budget to raise concerns, politically and professionally, about whether it focuses on the right things to provide for the most vulnerable people in the current housing emergency.
Propertymark responds to the UK Government’s consultation on the proposed changes to the homelessness legislation stating local authorities must continually act to prevent and relieve homelessness before court action is required.
On 25 January 2023, a Scottish opposition party debate discussed the issues of homelessness and the delivery of new homes and called for the Scottish Government to declare a housing emergency and introduce a dedicated housing minister.
The Welsh Government has published its Draft Budget for 2023-2024 with the aim to build a stronger, fairer, greener Wales and outlined additional support for the commercial sector and the vulnerable.
The UK Government is providing Councils with further funding to protect thousands of vulnerable people pay rent arrears or secure new accommodation.
With the demand for social housing far outreaching supply, the private rented sector (PRS) must be viewed as part of the solution to the housing crisis and to end the anti-landlord rhetoric immediately.
The consultation sets out plans to end homelessness by taking earlier action and placing new legal duties on public bodies which will be brought through the forthcoming Housing Bill.
The Scottish Government’s Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) Bill proposes to make all eighteen grounds for possession discretionary on a permanent basis, as well as retain pre-action protocols relating to rent arrears.
The Welsh Government has set out revenue and capital spending for the next three years, focusing on supporting Wales’s economic recovery as it emerges from the pandemic, seeking to strengthen it in a sustainable way to deliver a greener Wales.