The Welsh Government says it is taking action on the Right to Buy in order to protect Wales’ social housing, after a consultation which, it says, showed support for the plans.
Earlier this year, the Minister with responsibility for housing, Lesley Griffiths, published a White Paper setting out her intention to end the Right to Buy and halve the maximum discount available to people who want to buy their council house to £8,000.
After considering the responses to a consultation, the discount will be reduced this Summer and a new law to end Right to Buy will be considered in the next Assembly term.
I am pleased key voices in the housing sector, including tenants, participated in the consultation and had their say on this important issue. The consultation on our proposals has brought to the fore some interesting views on Wales’ housing needs and demonstrated people’s support for protecting our social housing stock.
The average weekly pocket money that 8 to 15 year-olds get in Wales has risen by 11 percent since last year to £6.17.
That's according to a survey by the Halifax.
It means they get the third best payout in the UK after London and Scotland. They are also bucking the average which has seen UK pocket money falling since last year.
- London, £7.65, minus 7.5%
- Scotland, £7.27, 7.5%
- Wales, £6.17, 11%
- South East, £6.16, minus 4.5%
- North West, £6.01, minus 6.5%
- North East, £6.00, minus 3.5%
- Yorkshire and Humberside, £5.84, minus 10%
- East Midlands, £5.64, 2.5%
- East Anglia, £5.63, 9%
- South West, £5.60, 4.8%
- West Midlands, £5.45, minus 9%
The Welsh Government has announced a £6 million investment to help older people in Wales live independently in their own home.
It says the funding supports the work of the Care and Repair service. It provides adaptations like ramps, handrails, and safety alarms, to enable older people to live safely in their own homes.
£2 million of the funding is for the Rapid Response Adaptations Programme, which provides minor adaptations to help prevent many people from having to be admitted to hospital.
The Welsh Government says estimates show every pound invested in the programme creates a £7.50 saving for health and social services.
Care and Repair and the Rapid Response Adaptations Programme help transform the lives of more than 40,000 older people across Wales every year.
By providing relatively small home adaptations, these services enable people to continue to live safely in the homes they love with the dignity they deserve.
As people across Wales live longer, healthier lives, such preventative measures play an increasingly important role in supporting our health and social services.
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A final report will be published today detailing how much Assembly Members will be paid next year.
An independent panel has proposed a pay increase of 18% from £54,000 to £64,000.
It says that reflects the increase in responsibilities as more power is devolved to Wales. But there's been criticism from some AMs and trade unions.
Dyfed Powys Police say potential victims of letter, phone and internet scams have, in some instances, been threatened.
Officers say there has been an increase in the number of reports of scams with some claiming to be from well-known companies including Microsoft, Talk Talk and the Postcode Lottery, seeking access to personal information and money.
In some cases they have become threatening to the receiver of the call when they do not comply with their demands.
We are urging residents throughout Dyfed Powys to stay alert to cold callers.
The majority of these scams work to deceive people into allowing remote access to their computer or giving personal details over the phone or online. Allowing anyone access to your computer puts you at risk of data loss or losing access to your computer or files.
With traditional cold callers at people’s properties, we’ve always advised ‘if in doubt, keep them out’ and exactly the same principle applies here.
Almost 1,400 homes have been bought through the Welsh Help to Buy scheme since it was launched last year, according to figures released this morning.
The £170 million scheme allows first-time buyers and home-movers to buy new-build homes with assistance from the Welsh Government in the form of a shared equity loan.
Between January 2014 and March 2015, the Welsh Government provided £48.7million in equity loans, helping buyers purchase 1,378 homes worth a total of £245.7million. The majority of those using the scheme were first time buyers.
As well as helping people progress on the property ladder, the scheme has also proved to be great news for the housing industry, with 174 builders of all sizes across the country now offering Help to Buy - Wales shared equity loans on their properties.
With almost 1,400 completed sales and around 600 more in the pipeline, we’re on track to meet our ambition of supporting the completion of 5,000 new homes across Wales.
The scheme is now being extended beyond March 31st 2016.
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House prices in many of the UK's largest regional cities, including Cardiff, are rising at a faster rate than those in central London for the first time in a decade.
The growth in property values was due to ultra-low mortgage rates and growing consumer confidence in regional cities says Hometrack's report.
But political uncertainty, the possibility of a mansion tax and affordability pressures were taking their toll on London's most expensive boroughs.
In March, year-on-year house price growth was 7.6% in Glasgow, 6.8% in Manchester, 6.6% in Leeds, 9.7% in Bristol and 6.7% in Cardiff.
Hometrack said it was the first time since 2005 that it had recorded major cities outside central London out-performing boroughs in the heart of the capital.
Here are the average prices of a house in the UK's major cities in March, followed by the year-on-year rate of price growth, according to Hometrack:
- Oxford, £373,100, 13.4%
- Glasgow, £111,700, 7.6%
- Leeds, £145,400, 6.6%
- London (including the surrounding commuter areas), £417,500, 11.8%
- Manchester, £138,700, 6.8%
- Sheffield, £126,100, 6.3%
- Newcastle, £121,800, 5.0%
- Liverpool, £109,900, 3.5%
- Birmingham, £135,000, 5.2%
- Bristol, £219,500, 9.7%
- Leicester, £142,600, 5.2%
- Nottingham, £126,600, 5.8%
- Bournemouth, £239,700, 5.6%
- Portsmouth, £193,200, 6.7%
- Cardiff, £178,200, 6.7%
- Edinburgh, £193,400, 5.3%
- Southampton, £192,300, 6.8%
- Belfast, £113,100, 5.2%
- Cambridge, £347,400, 7.4%
- Aberdeen, £187,500, 7.8%