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ACCESS TO TENANCIES BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES (HANSARD: WALES)

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Mr Llew Smith (Lab, Blaenau Gwent) asked the Welsh minister, Gwilym Jones, how his proposals for access to local au...
Mr Llew Smith (Lab, Blaenau Gwent) asked the Welsh minister, Gwilym Jones, how his proposals for access to local authority and housing association tenancies will ensure that decisions over housing tenancies will remain under the control of local authorities. (WA, 30 March, col 822).

Mr Jones reported: 'Local authorities exercise nomination rights by agreement over elements of the housing association stock. In allocating their own tenancies, councils are expected to take account of relevant legislation and of good practice advice. Similar considerations would apply under the government's recent proposals for change.'

Mr Smith asked what assessment the Welsh secretary had made of the extent to which rent bonds and guarantees increase in the private housing sector when private sector landlords know that local authorities will be responsible for such payments.'

Mr Jones replied that the schemes where run by councils and no such indications have been reported to the Welsh Office.
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