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WELSH HOUSING FORUM LAUNCHES 10-POINT PLAN

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The Housing Forum Cymru is today launching its 'Ten steps to better housing in Wales'. ...
The Housing Forum Cymru is today launching its 'Ten steps to better housing in Wales'.

The forum has developed this plan in response to the low profile which housing currently has on the political agenda. It intends to emphasise the centrality of good, affordable housing to health, education and community care.

The ten steps are:

1. Building and repairing homes is more than providing a roof. It generates work, reduces ill-health, and contributes to the problems that stem from poverty.

2. Everyone in Wales should have a home they can afford to live in. The government has a duty to make this happen.

3. A proper assessment should be made of what housing the people of Wales want, where it should be and how it is best provided. This assessment should be used to inform and design housing policies.

4. People should have the right to participate in the designing, building and management of their homes in partnership with government, landlords and other housing organisations.

5. Homes should be built, or renovated, to a high standard, last a long time, be warm and dry and not cost too much to run.

6. Everyone ought to be able to get help, support and advice which helps them get a home or to stay in their home in comfort and with security. This needs to include access to advice on repairs and adaptations.

7. People who have no home should be given a priority for a house.

8. Government policy should not favour a particular type of tenure, but should support people to obtain and remain in their home regardless of whether they pay rent or a mortgage.

9. Everyone living in a home should be given security and the law should recognise this right. There should be one form of tenure for social housing.

10. Government should ensure that all their policies to meet people's different housing needs are co-ordinated. This should mean that policies do not work against each other. In particular, the tax and benefits system should help people get and keep a home.

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